1878 Travel Diary To Colorado Dodge City Ks Indian Fight
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1878 Travel Diary To Colorado Dodge City Ks Indian Fight:
1878 Travel Diary to Colorado Dodge City KS Indian FightDescribes Travel from Missouri Encounters IndianThis is a fantastic handwritten diary of a trip starting in Missouri and going to Colorado with stopovers in places like Dodge City, Kansas.There is great description of the trip and the places they visited including several times talking about run-ins with Indians or avoiding Indians and one of a battle between soldiers and Indians near Fort Dodge.It is from 1878 and covers several months journey.It is in good condition and done by Lilley.It says in part:Left Osceola MO for Colorado May the 16th1878.Our party consisted of four in NO: N Lilley, Zach Lilley, Hugh Hecherd and WE Lilley, the first day we reached Appleton City…Thence we removed to Mr Jacob Gundy’s 3 miles South East of town and remained there until Monday 20…I saw the smoke from his campfire.I then remarked that I did not expect to see campers so near to our own tent, to which he replied in an unknown language or rather no tongue at all.I there smelt Big INgin and farther more saw the rings in his ears and some other weaving apparel peculiar to the Indian…I immediately notified the gentleman by a motion of the hand that distance would bring enchantment to the scene…I then made some other remark to which he replied in a gruff grunt and a sudden loss of the head by this time I had seen quite enough of Indian life for the time being and made the same known by gently waving the Red Skin off…Salma County is like most other Kansas RR towns in point of business, the streets were thronged with busy men and loaded wagon.I was not definitely informed as to its population.Some gave it as being 1500 while others claimed it for 3000.The buildings are substantial most of them being built of stone or brick.There public school building is one that would be a credit to any town in the state…Saw a Jack Rabbit during the day passed through Brooksville, a small town on the KPRR pitched our tent on a branch about 4 miles west of Brooksville.We are informed that within a few miles of this place Antelope are very plenteous…Received a letter from my mother giving us the sad news of little Aggie Watkins death, she having died suddenly just two weeks before in Eunis Texas, this even reminded us of the fact afresh that death is no respecter of persons.Left camp at the usual hour.Reached the City of Wallace at 11 o’clock we stopped an hour for the purpose of laying in fresh supplies, the old ones being exhausted…traveled to Eagle Tail where we camped at a splendid spring south of the Tank the distance traveled was 20 miles, much of the road was sandy and rough.At this place we feasted on fish, which were numerous in the stream.The name of which is Eagle Tail and tributary to the Smoky Hill…Traveled 21 miles over very rough roads country broken and mountainous passed the stations, river bend, Cedar Point and Godfrey had a fine view of Pike’s Peak just after leaving River Bend.Later in the evening a number of Peak’s could be seen to the North of Pike’s…22 miles had a very severe wind hail and rain storm about 4 miles of Denver, which detained us an hours…Still in camp, Grand celebration is reported as going on throughout the city and vicinity but scarcely anything could be heard or seen except fireworks and Young America exuberated freely…The excitement of the 4thhas somewhat subsided but the streets are jammed constantly with conveyances to and from the races.Horse racing seems to be a favorite amusement and from appearances one would think it a perpetual one...Saw many curious things in the mountain specimens animals, birds, and minerals in the evening at the Young Men’s Christian’s Hall…Left Denver at 11::50 for Colorado Springs and traveled 17 miles.The roads are good and from there we have a good view of the mountains…We were well paid for our walk by the fine scenery which the valley and surrounding mountains presented.At the upper end of the valley is a canyon several hundred feet deep through which runs a clear cool stream fresh from the snow.In this we bathed our hands and face and drank.The foot of the canon is a romantic looking place being surrounded by a dense undergrowth of Pine and Maple and a forest of large tall pines…Visited the Garden of the Gods for the first time also Glen Evey and the Devil’s Punch bowl was taken in the scenery of both places is certainly very fine.It is said by those are competent to judge that it is only surpassed in beauty by the Yosemite Valley in California…Bro G and myself started to ? to spend the day but having met Capt Sullivan and family on the road we only went as far as Colorado Springs there we stayed a short time and returned home…The party consisted of four in number Captain Sullivan and his wife and little son and myself.The first 20 miles of our rant was up the Ute pass a very winding and precipitated road along which lies the most romantic scenery arriving at the ranch we found it destitute of inhabitants but repute with most all things necessary for housekeeping…the Capt and myself arrived with fishing tackle proceeded to the creek a clear cool and rapid stream and in afew hours returned with enough mountain trout for supper…Bear tracks were seen in abundance but we were not fortunate enough to get one of those arrivals…Camped for the night between the stations Sherlock and Pierceville in Sequoia County…7 o’clock found us again on the road with 19 miles to go before reaching Dodge City at 2 in the afternoon we entered the city and were not surprised at the ways thereof since we had heard of its character from afar.It is the great cattle center of the West and is about 75 miles from the Colorado line.Laid over at Dodge City in order to rest, having made 13 days drive in succession.The Indian excitement being high we had no desire to be on the road.Remained in camp…moved to Fort Dodge 5 miles down the river.Our object in so doing was to have the protection of the troops in case of an attack by the Indians…The regulars and Indians had a fight 40 miles South of Dodge on Bluff Creek an Indian killed and a Yank wounded.At this juncture the Tanks sounded a retreat and they were safely quarted in the fort by 3 o’clock the next morning.Left Fort Dodge at 10 AM and at night camped at Offerbe during the day passed through Speerville a rich thriving village found the country well settled along the RRLeft Eldorado at 7:!5 and got to Eureka at 5 o’clock distance 32 miles roads good and the weather cool with some rain…Be sure to add me to your favorites list!