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59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.
59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.
59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.
59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.
59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.

59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.

“A genuine Cow Boy performance”


Flake: “Contains letters describing a visit to Salt Lake City and the Mormons in 1886, p. 54–64.”

Collection of 26 letters written by an observant journalist during a 59-day railroad and stagecoach trip through the American West in 1886. The all-included Spring excursion to Colorado and California was sponsored by Boston travel agents Raymond-Whitcomb, Inc. 

The tour began in Chicago. The party first traveled by Pullman Palace car via Kansas City and Colorado to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Places visited on this leg of the tour included Veta Pass, Toltec Gorge, and Alamosa,  Colorado—the latter to witness “a genuine Cow Boy performance” on mustang ponies—a stop to see the house of legendary mountain man “Uncle Dick” Wooten in New Mexico, along the Santa Fe Trail, and visits to Pueblo villages and Albuquerque.

Continuing onwards, the group journeyed to California, visiting fruit groves, “the famous Rose ranch,” the San Gabriel Valley, and Los Angeles. A stop was made at the company’s Raymond Hotel in Pasadena. Natural wonders were marveled at in the Mohave Desert, Yosemite (including El Capitan and Glacier Point), and in the Sierra mountains. Monterey and San Francisco followed, with Letter XIV devoted entirely to a visit to the latter city’s “China Town.” 

Salt Lake City, via the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, followed, the letters taking twenty pages to write about the Mormon way of life. The tour continued via rail back into Colorado, approaching it from the West through the Rocky Mountains and along the Arkansas River to see the Royal Gorge the “Grand Canon of the Arkansas.” The party also visited the Garden of the Gods, Echo Cave, Colorado Springs, Manitou, the valley below Pike’s Peak, and Denver.

A scarce western travel narrative.


Description: 59 of ‘86. Letters Written to The Lebanon Courier, During The Summer of 1886.

Lebanon, [Pennsylvania]: Worth & Reinoehl, Printers, 1886. 72pp. 8vo. First edition. Publisher’s cloth-covered boards with gilt titling and decorations; all edges tinted. Light stain to rear cover; wood-stove odor; very good.

[3731718]

FLAKE 10,145b. Absent from standard bibliographies.


Price: $475.00

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