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Name Overland Journeys to the Pacific

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Image of RG0769.AM - RG0769 Stephens Family

RG0769.AM - RG0769 Stephens Family

This collection consists of two letters dating from 1860 and 1943. The letter of 1943, in transcript form, was written by Lamont L. Stephens in the form of a reminiscence. Sent to his son, Norman, Stephens explains the motivations and the emotions felt by pioneers who set out to tame the western wilderness and to seek a new home. Stephens also describes life on the family homestead near Rockville, Sherman County, Nebraska and the personalities of his parents, William Harrison and Anna Martha Stephens. The 1860 letter was written by George Stephens to his brother Lamont. Written from Camp Creek, eight miles south of Nebraska City, the letter discusses a trip George made, probably in 1859,

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 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.