Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, February 18, 1869

In this letter from February 18, 1869, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing his disappointment in not getting to see his wife as planned. Reed also notes that a large cut west of Weber Canyon has caved in, forcing him to ride out and "devise some plan to rectify it."

Some time since I received a telegram from you asking if I would be home on the 17th, which I answered in the affirmative. Ever since the telegram was received I have looked forward thinking you would come out and see me. For six days previous I was on horseback, riding forty and sixty miles per day to get business in shape to spend a few days quietly with you at Echo; judge my disappointment in not seeing you. On my last trip I went to the west end of the road as we expect to build it. (Monument Point.) I have just learned that one of the heavy cuts west of the mouth of Weber Canon, has caved in in immense quantities. I must go there in the morning and devise some plan to rectify it.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: February 18, 1869