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J.F. Baldwin gold rush diary, 1850-1852
BANC MSS 2013/104 v.1; BANC CPF 387
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J.F. Baldwin gold rush diary, 1850-1852
John Finley Baldwin gold rush diary
Diary kept by J.F. Baldwin while crossing the plains in 1850


Baldwin, J. F. (John Finley), b. 1823?, creator


Leatherbound diary with brief dated entries by a man traveling with a company of men, the Bath Cal Company, from their home in Summit County, Ohio to the gold rush region of California. The first pages of the diary contain dated lists of accounts and provisions being gathered for the trip. Trip entries cover the period, March 18 to July 16, 1850. Entries give details of miles traveled, location, and conditions encountered. Also includes a few pages of dated entries in the back of the diary made May through August, 1852. The 1852 entries are lists of expenses for provisions and dollar amounts of [gold?] "took out" by the Bull Crives Company.


1850 (issued)


Baldwin, J. F. (John Finley) -- b. 1823? -- Diaries
Overland journeys to the Pacific -- Personal narratives
Gold miners -- California -- Placerville
Gold mines and mining -- California -- Placerville
California -- Gold discoveries


Portion of diary published as: Diary kept by J.F. Baldwin while crossing the plains in 1850 (San Francisco : The California Patron and Agriculturist, Printers, 1887).
Also available on CD-ROM (PDF) with call number BANC CPF 387.
J.F. Baldwin gold rush diary, 1850-1852, BANC MSS 2013/104, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift ; of Syvia Baldwin Dilgard ; 20130109.
John Finley Baldwin (b. 1823?) was one of eight men from Summit County, Ohio that formed a company on March 18, 1850 to go to the gold fields in California. Calling themselves the Bath Cal Company, they traveled to Akron, Ohio and joined 150 more men making the same trip. From there they traveled by the Ohio River to St. Louis, Missouri, where the number of men became nearly 500. Sailing on the steamer Kansas, they navigated the Missouri River to St. Joseph, Missouri and commenced the overland portion of the trip to California via Salt Lake City, Utah. The company arrived in Placerville, California on July 28, 1850.
In English.


Overland journals.

Physical Description:

1 volume (0.05 linear feet)
1 CD-ROM ; 4 3/4 in.




BANC MSS 2013/104 v.1