California -- Description and travel
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
This collection includes letters written by David Woodman to his wife Jane while he was in California in 1852-1853. His early letters describe the trip from Paw Paw, Michigan to the Sacramento area by riverboat and wagon train. Later letters tell of living conditions, social life and gold mining. Woodman became very disillusioned with California and especially with the prospects of becoming rich through gold mining. The collection also includes home remedies for diphtheria and catarrh.
This collection consists of Gordon Johnson's diary, which recorded his journey from Missouri to California in 1850. The journal includes descriptions of the country he passed through, the difficulties of travel and his expenses after reaching his destination. Johnson's route took him through Fort Leavenworth, Fort Kearney, Fort Laramie, and the Sierra Nevadas. A handwritten transcription of the diary is included in the collection.
This collection contains correspondence for the most part addressed to John Strange of Oneida, Eaton County, Michigan, and to his spouse Orinda (nee Sprague), from members of their families in Massachusetts and New York.
The letters are concerned with family matters -- births, deaths, and marriages -- and flavored with pious comments. Beginning in 1849, the correspondence includes much discussion of California and the Gold Rush, and of travel to the West.