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Denver City, Kansas Territory

Denver City, Kansas Territory
This is an illustration captioned "The Kansas Gold Region-View of Auraria and Denver City, Cherry Creek, near Long's Peak." The illustration was made by Col. D. H. Huyett, and was published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on December 15, 1860.


Ford to Oscar E. Learnard

Ford to Oscar E. Learnard
Creator: Ford,
Date: November 14, 1860
This piece of correspondence was written by a man named Ford, from Missouri City, Arapaho Co., (later part of Colorado Territory). Ford had apparently left Burlington, Kansas Territory for "gold country" the previous year. He related some of his experiences in the gold fields and his desire to return to Kansas. Ford intended to stay "until I make enough to pay me for coming here and some more if I can," and he mentioned additional discoveries in the San Juan Mountains in Mexico, which caused "a great rush for those diggins."


H. C. Childs' mining claim certificate

H. C. Childs' mining claim certificate
Creator: Stansell, J. B.
Date: September 19, 1860
J. B. Stansell, recorder for Buckskin Joe's District, signed this certificate identifying H. C. Childs as owner of mining claim No. 28 SW on the Bates Lode. The certificate was printed by the Rocky Mountain News Printing Company, and it is possible that this mining district was located in Arapahoe County, which later became part of the state of Colorado.


John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls
Creator: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Date: April 3, 1860
Ingalls devoted much of his April 3, 1860, letter from Sumner to the territory's agricultural prospects, which were still not particularly good: "Corn, pork, and hides" were Kansas's only exports, and they were not very profitable as prices were low. "Considerable attention," wrote Ingalls, "is being paid to the hemp crop" and the wheat seemed to be doing pretty well; various kinds of fruit also "flourishes. . . . I have never seen finer apples than the farmers across the river bring to market. . . . But little is raised in Kansas yet, though much attention is being given to 'orchardizing' this spring." Ingalls was actually considering a move to the Gold County (Colorado) for better business prospects.


John McCannon to James Montgomery

John McCannon to James Montgomery
Creator: McCannon, John
Date: May, 1860
John McCannon, writing from Denver City, Araphahoe County, Kansas Territory, a location that is currently in Colorado, describes the killing of a man named Akins, who McCannon claimed had been killed by pro-slavery supporters. McCannon also comments favorably upon the Republican Party's nomination of Abraham Lincoln as its presidential candidate.


John McCannon to James Montgomery

John McCannon to James Montgomery
Creator: McCannon, John
Date: December 24, 1859
John McCannon, writing from Clear Creek, Kansas Territory, a location that is currently in Colorado, describes politics and the economy in the gold mining region of western Kansas Territory. McCannon comments on the formation of the Territory of Jefferson, an extralegal government formed in 1859 by residents of Arapahoe County, Kansas Territory. McCannon also mentions mining activities in the area.


Pike's Peak-Street in Denver City, Kansas Territory

Pike's Peak-Street in Denver City, Kansas Territory
Photograph of an illustration captioned "Pike's Peak-Street in Denver City, K. T." It shows buildings on both sides of the street, people, and wagons. The source for the drawing is unknown.


Pike's Peak-The Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company's Office, Denver City, Kansas Territory

Pike's Peak-The Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company's Office, Denver City, Kansas Territory
Photograph of an illustration captioned the "Pike's Peak-The Leavenworth and Pike's Peak Express Company's Office, Denver City, K.T." The drawing shows men standing outside of the Company's office. The source for the drawing is unknown.


The Kanzas region:  forest, prairie, desert, mountain, vale, and river

The Kanzas region: forest, prairie, desert, mountain, vale, and river
Creator: Greene, Max.
Date: 1856
The title page for this volume continued with "Descriptions of scenery, climate, wild productions, capabilities of soil, and commercial resources; interspersed with incidents of travel, and anecdotes illustrative of the character of the traders and red men; to which are added directions as to routes, outfit for the pioneer, and sketches of desirable localities for present settlement." A small map is opposite the title page. The "Addenda" included several "Laws Governing Kanzas," a section on the objects and plans of an Emigrant Aid Company, information about the American Settlement Company, and prices for various items in Lawrence. Also included in the "Addenda" was the text of the Kansas Nebraska Act, which was not scanned as it is available elsewhere on this site.


The new gold mines of western Kansas, second edition

The new gold mines of western Kansas, second edition
Creator: Parsons, William B.
Date: 1859
This booklet contains a description of the gold mines in the Cherry Creek and Pike's Peak regions of Kansas Territory. It includes information on routes, camping places, equipment needed, and "everything important for the emingant and miner to know." It has advertisements for businesses in St. Louis, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas Territory,


Thomas Ewing, Jr.,  to A.J. Isacks

Thomas Ewing, Jr., to A.J. Isacks
Creator: Ewing, Thomas, 1829-1896
Date: March 22, 1860
Ewing addressed a number of issues in this letter to former territorial Kansas attorney general Andrew J. Isacks (1854-1857), who was in Washington, D.C. presumably lobbying Congress on behalf of Kansas admission, etc., but closed with some interesting comments on Leavenworth's interest in the promotion and development of the Smoky Hill route to the Pikes Peak region. Isacks was one of Ewing's principle partners in the Leavenworth, Pawnee, & Western Railroad venture and was undoubtedly busy lobbying for a railroad land grant from Congress.


William N. Byers, Handbook to the Gold Fields of Nebraska and Kansas

William N. Byers, Handbook to the Gold Fields of Nebraska and Kansas
Creator: Byers, William N.
Date: 1859
As the title indicated, this booklet was a guide for those want to look for gold in the Cherry Creek area near present Denver, Colorado and in the South Platte area of Nebraska. The author included an account from a miner written in 1858 on the South Platte and provided a detailed listing of the equipment needed and its cost as well as a day by day guide to the route. The booklet contained a great deal of information about and advertisements from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha City, Nebraska Territory. The author of the handbook felt that the Pike's Peak gold rush was a myth.


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