Finding Aid to the William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852 MS.734

Holly Rose Larson
Library and Archives at the Autry
2012 November 16
210 South Victory Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91502

Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
Title: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852
Creator: Sherman, E. A., Major
Creator: Hilton, William H.
Identifier/Call Number: MS.734
Physical Description: 0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)
Date: 1906 October 1
Language of Material: English .

Biographical Note

In San Diego, military supplies were unloaded from ships onto the wharf and transferred to the New San Diego Depot, where they were then transported by pack or wagon train to Fort Tejon, Fort Mohave, San Luis Rey, Chino, Santa Ysabel, San Bernardino, Fort Yuma, and other places. A line of pack trains across the desert was successfully established in 1851 by William H. Hilton, who carried supplies from San Diego to Fort Yuma for some time, under contract.

Scope and Contents

This is a typed copy of a letter from William H. Hilton written to Major E. A. Sherman on 1906 October 1, recounting a pack, or wagon, train trip Hilton made for the U. S. Government from San Diego to Fort Yuma in 1852. The letter mentions an earthquake in Fort Yuma, Kearny's expedition, Spanish missions, and the influence of Jesuit fathers on the Native Americans.
The date reflects when the original letter was first written, not the date the copy was created.

Preferred Citation

Text: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852, 1906 October 1, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS.734.

Processing History

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 16, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).


Donated to the Library as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, before 1931.

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Wagon trains
Pack transportation
Fort Yuma Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort Yuma Agency
Diegueño Indians.
San Diego (Calif.)
San Pasqual, Battle of, Calif., 1846
Overland travel
Transportation, Military
Indians of North America -- California
Missions -- California
Kearny's Expedition, 1846