Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Mrs. Ella Davidson]
After the voyage from Ireland, on landing in New York, the Bolton family continued their journey to New Mexico, by rail. They traveled as far as the railroad went, in the state of Kansas, where they were met at the end of the railroad by a military escort sent from Fort Stanton, for their protection from Indians during the remainder of their journey overland thro'ugh the hostile Indian infested country of Kansas, Colorado and part of New Mexico thro'ugh which they were to travel. An army post ambulance was sent in which Mrs. Bolton and the children rode. While the soldiers rode in three covered wagons.
They were allowed to make only thirty miles a day and were required to make camp at Government Army Posts, stationed along the route. At night the wagons and ambulance were place in a circle in which the mules, used for their conveyances, were confined where they could be watched and guarded from Indian raids.
There were no Indian attacks, and no Indians were seen on their entire journey, tho'ugh there may have been some hidden in many places who dared not attack the well armed soldiers who were constantly on the alert.
The ambulance was, comparatively speaking, easy riding, but the slow traveling had become monotonous and uninteresting long