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Object ID RG1024.AM
Collection RG1024 Gibson, John T.
Object Name Diary
Extent of Description 1 item
Title John T. Gibson diary
Dates of Creation 1859
Year Range from 1859
Year Range to 1859
Scope & Content The collection consists of a diary (typescript) kept by John T. Gibson (aka John Blunt). The diary dates from April 18 - Sept. 11, 1859 and documents an overland trip from Marengo, Iowa to California. Initially, Gibson was headed to Pike's Peak, but disillusioned gold seekers returning east convinced Gibson's group to bypass the Peak and head for California. Gibson gives brief descriptions of the towns and geographic landmarks on the Oregon and California Trails along with camp life and the weather. Mentioned throughout are names of people (mostly from Marengo, Iowa), as well as costs of food, etc. The diary concludes with a paragraph about how animal hides are tanned.
Creator Gibson, John T.
Finding Aids John T. Gibson finding aid.
Location of Originals Unknown.
Subjects Frontier & pioneer life
Travel
People Gibson, John T.
Search Terms California Trail
Iowa -- Description and travel
Nebraska -- Description and travel
Oregon Trail
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Utah -- Description and travel