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Name Nebraska Territory -- History

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Image of RG0740.AM - RG0740 Rogers, Eliphus Hibbard, 1830-1881

RG0740.AM - RG0740 Rogers, Eliphus Hibbard, 1830-1881

This collection consists of one letter dated December 1, 1856. The letter, written by Eliphus H. Rogers while he was living in Omaha, was addressed to his brother, Lucius. The letter describes the new "prairie country" of Nebraska Territory, particularly the Platte River Valley. Calling the Platte Valley "the richest part of the territory," Rogers comments on the good soil, the availability of water, the climate, and the supply of coal and limestone. His encouragement to Lucius to visit Nebraska must have had some impact, as Lucius arrived in Nebraska in 1857.

Image of RG0920.AM - RG0920 Crandall, Eliphalet B., 1834-1907

RG0920.AM - RG0920 Crandall, Eliphalet B., 1834-1907

This collection consists of the handwritten diary (and typescript copy) kept by Eliphalet Crandall dating from 1859, Feb. 5 - Aug. 19. The first part of the diary describes his daily life in Iowa (no town is mentioned). On March 31, 1859, Crandall begins an overland journey to California. He writes about his stops along the way, including various places throughout Nebraska Territory. Various names of people and references to place names are mentioned.