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John Lafayette Lane diaries : ms.S, 1852 Apr. 27-1867 May 14.
BANC MSS P-O 804 transc.; BANC MSS P-O 804 v.1; BANC MSS P-O 804 v.2
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John Lafayette Lane diaries : ms.S, 1852 Apr. 27-1867 May 14


Lane, John Lafayette, d. 1925?, creator


The diaries, 47 and 127 p., describe a journey to California in 1852 overland from Lockhart, Texas, via Eagle Pass to Mazatlán, by sea to San Francisco, thence to Stockton, Columbia, Sonora, and Mokelumne Hill, where Lane mined through 1853. After mining and prospecting, principally in Amador County, in 1857 Lane prospected Gold Canyon in Nevada, recrossed the Sierra, and in the spring of 1858 returned home via Warners Ranch, Fort Yuma, Tucson, El Paso, and Brownsville. In 1858-1859, prospector and sheep-buyer; in 1861 prospector about the head of the Gila and participant in punitive expedition against the Apaches; in 1861, 1st lieutenant in a company raised by J.J. Myers; various Texas actions, 1863-1865; post-war potato speculations; farming, and mining in the hill country of Texas; sheriff of Caldwell County. Diary entries are brief and intermittent. Includes typed transcript.


1852 (issued)


Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Gold mines and mining -- California
Apache Indians


Includes typed transcript.
Photostats (negative)
Originals in: private possession [sic]
Photographs transferred to the Bancroft Pictorial Collections (BANC PIC 1905.13376-.13377--PIC)


Overland journals-1867.

Physical Description:

2 v. ; 20 cm.
1 v.




BANC MSS P-O 804 transc.
BANC MSS P-O 804 v.1
BANC MSS P-O 804 v.2


Various places