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Pikes Peak or Bust! Part 3: Far From The Civilized World

 

Last updated 4/13/2022 at 10:45am

Chavis Creek drawing by Daniel Jenks courtesy of the U.S. Library of Congress.

By Larry Obermesik

Between 1849-65 Daniel Jenks had the forethought to chronicle his gold-rush trials, tribulations and triumphs across the American West. Writing to an "imaginary confidant" in his journal, Jenks shared his innermost thoughts with the reader, the dreams and fears that drove him.

Daniel's cross-country odyssey in 1859 took him from Rhode Island to Colorado, and then back to California where he'd been prospecting for gold on-and-off since 1849. Jenks documented 130 campsites on that trip, even drawing some of them, leaving us a detailed record of his (mis)adventures along the...



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