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HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



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



Diary (typescript):  1859

Marengo, Iowa:  

Size:  One 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.



INVENTORY



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



 



Subject headings:



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



 



Revised TMM        07-20-2009