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Name Overland journeys

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Image of RG0707.AM - RG0707 Dunn, William, 1842-1919

RG0707.AM - RG0707 Dunn, William, 1842-1919

This collection consists of one item, a diary from 1865 entitled, "An account of a trip from Nebraska City to Denver with the Ingham and Christy train in the spring of 1865." This typescript of William Dunn's diary records the difficulties faced by traveling in midwinter, including muddy, mushy, or frozen roads; ice-caked stream crossings; blizzard conditions; and exhaustion from being "too cold to sleep." Biographical information on Dunn from published sources is also provided.

Image of RG1017.AM - RG1017 Frizzell, Alexander L., 1833-1907

RG1017.AM - RG1017 Frizzell, Alexander L., 1833-1907

The collection consists of a diary [typescript only] kept by Alexander L. Frizzell while he was traveling from Iowa to Colorado where he was going to prospect for gold. The diary entries are brief and primarily tell how far he went each day and where he stopped. The diary entries begin on February 16, 1860 and end on June 21, 1860.

Image of RG0807.AM - RG0807 Vivian, Martin, 1805-1890

RG0807.AM - RG0807 Vivian, Martin, 1805-1890

This collection consists of Martin Vivian's overland trail daily journal, 1850, in typescript form. The typescript was edited by Walker D. Wyman. Vivian left Lafayette County, Missouri on April 1st and traveled on the Kaw, Big Blue, and Little Blue Rivers to the Platte. After reaching Ft. Laramie on June 11th, he traveled through South Pass and Hudspeth Cutoff before reaching Humboldt Sink on August 10th. This journal appears as entry #996 in Merrill Mattes' Platte River Road Narratives.

Image of RG0837.AM - RG0837 Burt, Henry Martyn, 1831-1899

RG0837.AM - RG0837 Burt, Henry Martyn, 1831-1899

This collection contains a letter, May 25, 1857, written by Henry M. Burt to his cousin, Ansel, and a typescript of the same. There is also some biographical information on Burt. Burt writes of his past year's journey west from Northampton, Massachusetts, which included a two-month stay in Beloit, Wisconsin. Afterwards he came to Burt County, Nebraska, where he helped to survey a town on the Missouri River, which was called Central City before its name was changed to Riverside. The letter gives his impressions of the West. One of his companions on his journey was B.B. Chapman, a Nebraska territorial delegate to Congress.

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 RG0905.AM - RG0905 Munn, Eugene Campbell, 1836-1919

RG0905.AM - RG0905 Munn, Eugene Campbell, 1836-1919

The collection consists of a typescript reminiscence entitled, "Reminiscences of My Life - From Boyhood," by Eugene Munn, Otoe County, Nebraska. The reminiscence documents his life up to 1891. It mostly describes his career as a freighter to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana from the late 1850s to the mid-1860s. Munn worked for the Russell, Majors & Waddell Company as well as others. He writes about many details of his journeys: daily life; relationships with Indians and with Mormons; weather (including the blizzart at Fowlers Bluffs on April 12, 1862); the land; and the wagon train encounters with buffalo. He also writes about a confrontation with a Claim Protecting Club in 1857 w

Image of RG0919.AM - RG0919 Cozad, Justus Lafayette, 1833-1910

RG0919.AM - RG0919 Cozad, Justus Lafayette, 1833-1910

This collection consists of a bound reminiscence, handwritten by Justus L. Cozad in 1908. The reminiscence primarily deals with life in southeastern Nebraska from 1855-1862. He describes what a surveyor does in detail, what areas of Nebraska he surveyed. He mentions the names of the people he worked with as well as the legal descriptions of the surveyed land. He also writes about his time as a farmer in Cass County, Nebraska. He includes an account of a journey to Denver in the winter of 1860-1861. Cozad also makes references to working for various railroad companies in Ohio.

Image of RG0940.AM - RG0940 Hill, Charles E., 1852-1930

RG0940.AM - RG0940 Hill, Charles E., 1852-1930

The collection consist of one reel of microfilm containing two diaries of Charles E. Hill. The first diary records the journey of the Hill family from Illinois to Adams County, Nebraska, in 1878. The second diary describes daily life and events on the Hill farm dating from 1888-1889. The NSHS does not hold the original diaries.

Image of RG0953.AM - RG0953 Judson, H.M.

RG0953.AM - RG0953 Judson, H.M.

The collection consists of two diaries dating from 1862 and 1863. The first diary (original and typescript) by H.M. Judson dates from June 5 - October 15, 1862. The diary describes Judson's journey from Omaha, Nebraska to the gold rush areas along the Salmon and Snake Rivers of Idaho-Oregon Territories. The second diary (copy only), kept by an unidentified writer, dates from May 14 - August 13, 1863 and describes a similar journey over the Oregon Trail. Entries from both diaries describe life in the wagon trains, the terrain encountered, and the passage of landmarks including Devil's Gate, Independence Rock, and Chimney Rock. Judson's diary mentions the trial of a man by the last name of "Red

Image of RG0960.AM - RG0960 Donner, Tamsen Dozier (Eustis), 1801-1847

RG0960.AM - RG0960 Donner, Tamsen Dozier (Eustis), 1801-1847

The collection contains a typescript of a letter that appeared in the Sangamo Journal, Springfield, Illinois, July 23, 1846, written by Mrs. George Donner, from the California Company. She writes of her impressions of the overland journey (as of June 16, 1846), of camp life and of wagon travel. There is also a letter written by her daughter, Eliza P. Donner Houghton of Los Angeles, to George Hansen of Fairbury, Nebraska, dated July 31, 1912. She thanks Hansen for a letter he sent to her concerning her mother, Tamsen Donner, and facts it contained about the Donner Party tragedy.

Image of RG1065.AM - RG1065 Harris, William M. and Laura (Hughes)

RG1065.AM - RG1065 Harris, William M. and Laura (Hughes)

The collection contains a diary kept by Laura and William Harris on their trip from Illinois to South Dakota (via Iowa and Minnesota) from August 19, 1889 to October 2, 1889. Another manuscript entitled, "Illinois to Nebraska by Covered Wagon, 1889," recorded by L. Mildred Harris, contains reminiscences by William and Laura Harris. It includes their observations about South Dakota and North Dakota becoming states that year. They also mention raising mules. Included are copies of maps marking their route. They eventually settled near Central City, Nebraska. One final item is an account by William Harris of an experience he had with Indians while he was living in Kansas in 1884 or 1885.

Image of RG1096.AM - RG1096 Hotze, William Herman, 1872-1962

RG1096.AM - RG1096 Hotze, William Herman, 1872-1962

The collection consists of two copies of "Into Pawnee Buffalo Land" by William H. Hotze, 1957. The manuscript relates primarily to settlement and pioneer life in southwestern Nebraska, focusing on Red Willow County, and particularly Indianola, Nebraska. Hotze's manuscript combines personal reminiscences and research to describe both everyday life and notable events in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Topics covered include agriculture and gardening, weather and natural disasters, domestic life, education, politics, Native Americans, overland travel, and holiday celebrations. The manuscript also includes information about various families and individuals who settled in the area and a few po

Image of RG1142.AM - RG1142 Konkel, D.S.

RG1142.AM - RG1142 Konkel, D.S.

The collection consists of a photocopy of handwritten reminiscences by D.S. Konkel written in 1929-1930. The reminiscences primarily deal with the early days in Custer County, Nebraska from 1879-1882. Konkel mentions various towns including Comstock, Oak Grove, Westcott, Douglas Grove, Seneca, and Broken Bow; telling of their establishments; their community lives; people's names, etc. He also writes about his family, wagon trains, threshing, building a sod house, furniture, politics, relationships with Indians, etc.