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Name California Trail

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Image of RG1024.AM - RG1024 Gibson, John T.

RG1024.AM - RG1024 Gibson, John T.

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.

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 RG3882.PH0030-0012 - Negative, Sheet Film

RG3882.PH0030-0012 - Negative, Sheet Film

A marker with the inscription: This boulder erected 1912 by Omaha chapter Daughters of the American Revolution to mark the Oregon Trail 1843, the California Trail 1843 later called the Military Road.