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Name Utah -- Description and travel

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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 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.