The diary and memoirs of William Wright Anderson, Oregon pioneer and forty-niner

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dc.contributor.advisor White, Ray (Raymond E.) en_US Williams, F. Michael en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-usp-- en_US 2011-06-03T19:32:31Z 2011-06-03T19:32:31Z 1984 en_US 1984
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1984 .W5 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the study was to trace the route of William Wright Anderson who traveled overland to Oregon from St. Joseph, Missouri in 1848 and then on to California in 1849. It was to be determined what guidebook(s) and/or map(s) he used on his journey. The identification of places, individuals, terms, and events while on the journey and while in Oregon and California were to be included in the study.The diary and memoirs were purposely to be kept as nearly as possible to their original state as not to lose the historical value and flavor of the manuscript. However, a minimal amount of editing was necessary to insure clarity.Findings1. It was determined that Anderson used Joel Palmer's guidebook Palmer's Journal of Travels Over the Rocky Mountains, 1845-1846, while on the Oregon Trail.2. Numerous geographical features and places were identified on the Oregon Trail, in Oregon, on the overland trail from Oregon to California, and in California.3. Numerous pioneers and contemporaries with who Anderson came in contact were identified. These included, most notably, Joe Meek, Antoine Reynal, Jr., Thomas "Peg-Leg" Smith, Philip Foster, Henderson Luelling, Alanson Beers, and Elisha, John, and Charles Packwood. 4. Various terms no longer in use were identified as to their meaning. Examples included were: “deadening," "thimble-rigging," "clever," and "hewer."5. Anderson was directly involved in several historical events which included: the meeting of Oregon representative Joe Meek on Meek's trip to Washington, D.C., the meeting of the soldiers searching for the murders of Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, the manufacture of the famous "Beaver Money" in Oregon, the growth of Coloma, California after the gold discovery, and the rise and decline of the California gold mining operations.ConclusionThe Anderson manuscript is of great historical value because the timing and extent of his travels coincided with many historical events. The work is a historical treasure for scholars studying Oregon or California history of the period. en_US
dc.format.extent xvii, 268 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Northwest, Pacific -- History -- 19th century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Overland journeys to the Pacific. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Biography. en_US
dc.subject.other Anderson, William Wright. en_US
dc.title The diary and memoirs of William Wright Anderson, Oregon pioneer and forty-niner en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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