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Covered Wagon Centennial
Folder contains miscellaneous items including printed addresses, programs, mimeographed material, poster, etc., published for the Covered Wagon Centennial held in 1930. The vertical files in this collection...
Crossing the Plains
Illustrations and article about the crossing of the Great Plains across Kansas along the Oregon Trail from western Missouri by Mrs. Narcissa Prentiss Whitman, or Narcissa Whitman of New York with her husband...
Crossing the Plains In 1845
A 15 page typewritten account plus a photocopy of it. Includes 1952 letter from bookseller Frank Glenn stating that manuscript came to him "many years ago in the collection of William E. Connelly". Found...
File containing multiple newspaper articles about David McCanles, a merchant in Kansas City and former western freighter killed by Wild Bill Hickok in Nebraska on the Oregon Trail in 1861. Dispute over...
Down the Santa Fe Trail and into Mexico: The Diary of Susan Shelby Magoffin, 1846-1847
Description of 1840s Independence, including its business activity and "Noland's Hotel," "the most commodious in Missouri, excepting those in St. Louis."
Eastward Ho! Ezra Meeker Memorializes the Oregon Trail, 1905-1910
Photos, illustrations, and information on Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), an Oregon Trail pioneer starting in 1853 and later a promoting the trail with monuments and books.
Edwards Family Genealogy
Information about Colonel Philip Edwards (1812-1869), a Missouri state representative in the 1840s, born in Kentucky and moving to Missouri in 1824, to Liberty in 1833, traveling from there to Oregon in...
Etched in Time: Overland Memories of Johnson County
The early emigrants going west on the Oregon-California Trail and Santa Fe Trail came through Johnson County, Kansas. Diary entries describe the terrain. Two of the most common campsites were Sapling Grove,...
Experiences of Lewis Bissell Dougherty On the Oregon Trail
April 1, 1930
Lewis Dougherty, one of four children of John Dougherty, at age 78 recounts his mid 19th century adventures going west along the trail to Oregon. He recounts the wagon trains, Indian encounters, buffalo...
August 20, 1923
Inscription on back of photo reads, ""Old Oregon Trail in solid rock, Sweetwater Valley, Wyo. Ezra Meeker in reminiscent attitude-taken August 20, 1923 by Albert Park, Casper, Wyo.
Ezra Meeker--Apostle of the Oregon Trail
Photos and biographical article about Ezra Meeker (1830-1928), a traveler on the Oregon Trail starting in 1852 and marking the trail and writing books about it starting in the early 1900s. Description...
Ezra Meeker in Front of Guard House at Fort Bridger
August 21, 1923
Inscription on back of photo reads, ""Ezra Meeker says that he has just located the ""Hole in the Wall Country.""
Ezra Meeker's March to Washington, March-December 1907
It has been 100 years since Ezra Meeker's 1906 Old Oregon Trail Monument Expedition. "Meeker had undertaken the trip in order to promote the importance of the Oregon Trail in American history, place markers...
Ezra Meeker: His Mansion, Monuments, and Mission
Photos and biographical article about explorer and Ohio native Ezra Meeker (1830-1928) and his 1890 mansion in Puyallup, Washington, restored in 1973. Description of his life and career as an Oregon Trail...
Following Historic Trails
Article about the section of the Oregon Trail through western Nebraska and all of Wyoming, with description of methods of following historic trails in general, map, and photos.
Following the Oregon Trail
Special section on the history of the Oregon Trail, from Independence, Missouri, to Oregon City, Oregon. Published by the Kansas City Star with several photos, articles, and maps.
Fort Davy Crockett, Its Fur Men and Visitors
Article about the history of Fort Davy Crockett, a fur trading post in northwest Colorado in the 1830s. Several fur traders, mountain men, and other visitors of the area of the fort are described from...
Fort St. Vrain
Article about the history of Fort St. Vrain, a fur trading post established on the South Platte River in Colorado by "the Bent and St. Vrain Company" as "a supplement to their famous Bent's Fort on the...
Frontiersmen and Fur Traders
Mostly newspaper clippings about the fur trade and notable frontiersmen and fur traders on the Oregon and California Trails, etc.
Helplessly, They Watched a Massacre
Book review of Robert Pearman's book, "The Battle of Platte Bridge," recounting the attack by Indians upon Union soldiers "sent into the Wyoming desert to protect the telegraph line and the Platte bridge...
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