Dennis Farrell [RG0991.AM]


RG0991.AM:  Dennis Farrell, 1849-1903

Reminiscence:  August 27, 1903
Julesburg, Colorado:  Ranch manager
Size:  One item


The collection consists of a letter dated August 27, 1903, written by Dennis Farrell from New York City to J. Amos Barrett at the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln, Nebraska. In the letter Farrell recounts traveling on a train from Julesburg, Colorado, to Omaha, Nebraska, and seeing William Thompson, a railroad worker who had been scalped during the Plum Creek Massacre in August of 1867. Farrell also describes a time with a wagon train when they encountered hostile Indians. The letter gives brief impressions of Julesburg, Colorado, and Farrell’s life as a rancher.

A typed transcript of the letter is also included.

Note:  See the photo collections for images of William Thompson [RG2411.PH0-005587and items a-c].

Subject headings:

Farrell, Dennis, 1849-1903
Frontier and pioneer life — Colorado
Frontier and pioneer life — Nebraska
Indians of North America
Plum Creek Massacre
Thompson, William
Wagon trains

TMM     11-21-2016


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