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Name Illinois -- Description and travel

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Image of RG0882.AM - RG0882 Chapman, Darius H., 1836-1924

RG0882.AM - RG0882 Chapman, Darius H., 1836-1924

This collection relates to Darius H. Chapman's trip to the Kansas gold fields. Included are the articles of agreement, in which S.C. Fuller, Guilford, Illinois, stakes Darius H. Chapman and Henry H. White on their trip to the Kansas gold fields. It is dated March 12, 1859. A typescript diary kept by Chapman, March 15 to June 12, 1859 records experiences of his roundtrip journey from Rockford, Illinois, to Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory, and back to Illinois. His original intention was to go to Pike's Peak to prospect for gold. Chapman describes the terrain; the weather; efforts to feed the animals; and the towns he goes through in Illinois, Iowa, and eastern Nebraska, specifically Nebraska C

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