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    Descriptive Letter of Travels on a Wagon Train to Pike's Peak, Colorado, 1859. The Pike's Peak Gold Rush (later known as the Colorado Gold Rush) was the boom in gold prospecting and mining in the Pike's Peak Country of western Kansas Territory and southwestern Nebraska Territory of the United States that began in July 1858 and lasted until roughly the creation of the Colorado Territory on February 28, 1861. An estimated 100,000 gold seekers took part in one of the greatest gold rushes in North American history. The participants in the gold rush were known as Fifty-Niners after 1859, the peak year of the rush.

    Great letter of travels on a wagon train to Pike's Peak, Colorado. With two additional poetry letters, one about July 4, 1859 & the other about gold seekers to Pike's Peak. Also has the original envelope. The letter reads, in part: "June 5th A. D. 1859, Ofalland Bluff, Nebraska Territory. Much respected Miss. I adopt this as the first suitable opportunity of addressing you by letter. It is a joyful blessing to know that we have the power of intellect, & the present liberty of exercising an impossibility to communicate on one or two sheets of paper all that has transpired within my knowledge since last saw you. Therefore I shall only give you some sketches of our experience... A great many difficulties among the emigrants generally some want to turn back others want to go. They fall out and quarrel, sometimes fight, divide their possessions, one party goes to the east & the other to the West...Some of our train turned back...We are 8 Wagons & 24 men strong, we organized ourselves into a company between St. Jo. & Ft. Kearney & they foolishly chose your humble servt. We had a very unpleasant trip after we left...We are encamped on the banks of the Great South Platt River 130 Miles above Ft. Kearney; about 420 miles from your residence I suppose, & 275 miles from the Gold regions we learn. We are at perfect peace among ourselves & the Indians who are encamped all around us, but entirely friendly, there have been some of them among us all day I fed about ½ dozen Squaws at breakfast this morning...We see some ladies occasionally on their way to California...Direct your letters to Denver City, Kansas Territory way of Ft. Laramie for they have to come thru sisters & others who may inquire. So farewell! T. M. Biggerstaff." The envelope has partial cancellations which can be read: "Jones & Russell ___ Express Co. Denver City 1859. Leaven (worth and Pikes Peak Express Company) K. T. (Kansas Territory)." Measures approximately 4.5" x 7".

    Condition: Good-very good, some foxing, envelope missing pieces.

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