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[Detail] Scotts Bluff, Nebraska, ca. 1890's


Collection Overview

Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869, documents life for those pioneers heading west during the mid-1800's. Included are the experiences of Mormons heading west in search of religious freedom and those who headed west as part of the California gold rush. Also included are maps showing the trails used, trail guides and images of those people who were on the trail. The collection was compiled from materials held by Brigham Young University, members of the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium, and other archival institutions in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.

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  • Expansion and Reform - 1801-1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction, 1850-1877

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