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MANUSCRIPT DIARY OF A BOSTON WOMAN'S CROSS- COUNTRY TRAIN TRIP TO CALIFORNIA IN THE SPRING OF 1885, WITH INTERESTING OBSERVATIONS ON RACE AND CLASS, WESTERN MIGRANTS, THE PLACES VISITED, AND MORE]
[Various locations across the United States, 1885. [2],77,[2],78-99pp., written in pencil. Approximately 6,000 words. Contemporary dark brown leather notebook, all edges gilt. Minor wear to covers. First two leaves detached but present, few short closed tears. Overall very good. A very interesting record of a prosperous and proper Boston woman and her group of over a hundred prominent citizens as they travel by private Pullman cars across the continental United States, the length of California, and part of the way back in 1885. The diary provides an interesting overview of the American West in the latter 19th century from the perspective of a wealthy and well- connected tourist. The anonymous female author makes many observations on the people, places, and landscapes on her long journey, including wagon trains of immigrants, cattle herds, cowboys, Native Americans, African Americans, and more. She comments on the various cities visited, including Chicago (where she shops and sees seven-story buildings) and Kansas City (where the stores are as good as those in Boston). She observes the countryside and various historical sites, including the Hanging Tree in Pueblo, Colorado; the Mormon Tabernacle, where she hears a pin drop; and the silver mines near Denver which she visits by narrow gauge railway. She and her companions stay in the Plaza Hotel in Santa Fe and Governor Shelton gives them a tour of the gubernatorial mansion. When they travel across California, they visit the estates of three former governors and that of Mrs. Mark Hopkins. The unnamed traveler heads west … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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