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Pikes Peak or Bust! Part 5: Flight across the desert

 

Last updated 6/7/2022 at 3:44pm

Daniel Jenks 'The Dessert'(sic) drawing courtesy of the US Library of Congress.

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 way.

But until 20...



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