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Collection Number RG0953.AM
Collection Name RG0953 Judson, H.M.
Identifier Diary
Size and Materials 2 volumes
Title H.M. Judson diary
Date or Date Span 1862-1863
Year Range from 1862
Year Range to 1863
Scope & Content The collection consists of two diaries dating from 1862 and 1863. The first diary (original and typescript) by H.M. Judson dates from June 5 - October 15, 1862. The diary describes Judson's journey from Omaha, Nebraska to the gold rush areas along the Salmon and Snake Rivers of Idaho-Oregon Territories. The second diary (copy only), kept by an unidentified writer, dates from May 14 - August 13, 1863 and describes a similar journey over the Oregon Trail. Entries from both diaries describe life in the wagon trains, the terrain encountered, and the passage of landmarks including Devil's Gate, Independence Rock, and Chimney Rock. Judson's diary mentions the trial of a man by the last name of "Redfield" at Fort Laramie. The diary also includes a list of the people in the wagon train and a song written by Judson.
Creator Judson, H.M.
Finding Aids H.M. Judson finding aid.
Associated Material The original "unidentified" writer's diary is held by the University of Oregon's Special Collections.
People Dicky, Luther
Hileman, John C.
Howie, Neil
Judson, H.M.
Search Terms Oregon Trail
Overland journeys