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Name Iowa -- 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 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.