John T. Gibson (aka John Blunt) [RG1024.AM]

NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID

RG1024.AM:  John T. Gibson (aka John Blunt)

Diary (typescript):  1859
Marengo, Iowa:  
Size:  1 item

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

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.

DESCRIPTION

Diary (typescript) of John T. Gibson (aka John Blunt), 1859

 

ADDED ENTRIES:

Blunt, John (see Gibson, John T.)
California Trail
Gibson, John T.
Iowa -- Description and travel
Nebraska -- Description and travel
Oregon Trail
Overland journeys to the Pacific
Utah -- Description and travel

 

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