Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, April 19, 1864

In this letter from April 19, 1864, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing how the numerous gold-seekers heading west from Omaha make travel difficult and expensive.

So many are going to the gold mines north of Salt Lake that it is almost impossible to get a passage over the stage at any price. Hundreds pass through here every day, old men, young men, the lame and the blind with women and children all going westward seeking the promised land.

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: April 19, 1864