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RG0837.AM:  Henry Martyn Burt, 1831-1899

Letter:  May 25, 1857

Burt County, Nebraska Territory:  Surveyor

Size:  Two items


Born September 16, 1831, at Otisco, New York, Henry Martyn Burt moved with his family to Northampton, Massachusetts where he learned the printer’s trade. In the late 1850s he moved to Nebraska where he served as editor of the “Bellevue Gazette.” After two years he returned to Northampton where he founded the “Northampton Free Press.” He went on to publish the “Holyoke Transcript” and the “New England Homestead.” In 1877 Burt began publishing “Among the Clouds,” the first paper to be printed on a mountain summit (at Mt. Washington, New Hampshire). Henry M. Burt died March 7, 1899, at Springfield, Massachusetts.


This collection contains a letter, May 25, 1857, written by Henry M. Burt to his cousin, Ansel, and a typescript of the same. There is also some biographical information on Burt. Burt writes of his past year’s journey west from Northampton, Massachusetts, which included a two-month stay in Beloit, Wisconsin. Afterwards he came to Burt County, Nebraska, where he helped to survey a town on the Missouri River, which was called Central City before its name was changed to Riverside. The letter gives his impressions of the West. One of his companions on his journey was B.B. Chapman, a Nebraska territorial delegate to Congress.


Letter, May 25, 1857


Subject headings:

Burt County (Nebraska) — History

Burt, Henry Martyn, 1831-1899

Frontier & pioneer life

Nebraska — Description and travel

Overland journeys


Revised TMM          02-04-2016