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Charles W. Baker Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Charles W. Baker Diary is a mimeographed typed transcription of originals in the possession of the Marvin Jacobs family of Cabool, Missouri; the Howard Prather family of Liberty, Missouri; the John T. Baker family of Cameron Missouri; and the Charles W. Baker family of Northridge, California. Topics discussed include: the journey to Montana, incidents occurring along the Bozeman Road and Bridger's Cutoff, life in Virginia City, mining and social activities, and the return trip east by way of Fort Benton and the Missouri River. Also included are transcriptions from financial account books kept by Baker during his years in Montana.
 
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Benjamin Dailey Diary

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Benjamin Dailey Diary is a photocopy of a typed transcription taken from the original, July 26-September, 1866, whose location is unknown.
 
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Early Travel In Montana Essay

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Early Travel in Montana Essay is an original student paper created by Mary Kirk for Professor Helen Brewer’s American history class at Montana College of Agricultural and Mechanical Arts. Kirk’s essay is the finished product of interviews with several Bozeman, Montana pioneers on pioneer transportation methods. Various transportation methods include mule trains, steamboat, wagons, ox cart, and stagecoach. Locales include the Bozeman Trail, Bozeman, Crow Agency, Gallatin County, Hunter’s Hot Springs, Fort Benton, and Virginia City.
 
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Ellen Louisa Gordon Fletcher Papers

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Ellen Louisa Gordon Fletcher Papers includes positive photocopies of transcriptions of letters and a diary kept by Ellen Gordon Fletcher during her journey to Montana along the Platte River Road and the Bozeman Trail and continue after the Fletcher's arrival in Virginia City, describing their life in Summit and other locations in Madison County, Montana up to 1870. Places mentioned include many points along the Bozeman Trail and the Gallatin Valley, Montana. The collection also includes a copy photograph, circa 1910, of Ellen Fletcher posing with her adult children.
 
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Samuel D. McIlheny Letters

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The McIlheny letters consist of photocopies from originals written to his mother and sister, during the Civil War from Jacinto, Mississippi and Murfreesboro, Tennessee, as well as from Helena, Montana Territory. McIlheny descriptions include the price of food, foraging expeditions, camp rumors, very little on enemy movements, the unpopularity of division commander Brig. Gen. Jefferson C. Davis, the abuse of civilians by some members of the Fourth Cavalry, and some camp rumors on troop movements. He also relates his overland journey to the territory, his disillusionment with mining prospects in the area, and local food prices and wages, mining conditions, and food.
 
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Nelson Story, Sr., Letter

Repository:Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Summary:The Nelson Story, Sr., Letter was written by him in 1911 in response to a solicitation from a "Miss Willets" for his recollections of John Bozeman. The letter briefly describes Bozeman's physical appearance, demeanor, and the trail he blazed to the Montana gold fields in the early 1860s. There is also a brief description of the Bridger Trail route.

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