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Name California -- History

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Image of RG1027.AM - RG1027 Gilmore, Andrew Hall, 1829-1907

RG1027.AM - RG1027 Gilmore, Andrew Hall, 1829-1907

The collection contains a transcript of a diary kept by Andrew Hall Gilmore (transcribed by Raymond M. Gilmore). The diary provides an account of the overland journey taken by Gilmore from Indiana to California. The diary begins in Indiana on March 12, 1850 and ends in California on January 1, 1853. Throughout the diary, Gilmore describes his surroundings, including wild life, land use, camp life, towns he travels through, relations with the Indians, etc. The collection includes several letters dating from 1851-1852 written by Gilmore from Placerville, California to his brother James. The letters describe various aspects of gold mining including the building of canals and flumes. Also incl

Image of RG1134.AM - RG1134 Allender, Jacob

RG1134.AM - RG1134 Allender, Jacob

This collection consists of a set of undated reminiscences. This item, entitled "Adventure and Experience of a Forty-Niner," relates to Jacob Allender's experiences traveling from Ohio to the California gold fields in 1849. The reminiscence traces his route by steamboat from Ohio to St. Louis, where he gathered supplies for the journey; up the Missouri River by steamboat to Weston, Missouri; crossing the Missouri at Fort Childs (old Fort Kearny); across Nebraska to Fort Laramie; through South Pass to the Green River; through the Sublette Cut-off to Fort Hall; along the Snake and Humboldt Rivers; and through the desert and the Sierra Mountains. Eighty-five days after crossing the Missouri Rive