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Amos Bargdoll Papers


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Amos Bargdoll Papers, 1850-1889 | Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

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Title: Amos Bargdoll Papers, 1850-1889Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1850-1851

Primary Creator: Bargdoll, Amos

Other Creators: Bargdoll, Anna

Extent: 1.0 Folders

Arrangement: 5 items in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 03/25/1981

Subjects: California--Gold discoveries., California--History--1846-1850., Love-letters., Overland journeys to the Pacific., West (U.S.)--Description and travel.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the papers is a diary by Amos Bargdoll. Written in 1850, Bargdoll chronicles his journey from Nebraska to Ringgold, CA where he planned to dig for gold. The diary includes a list of letters he sent during his journey as well as a daily list of the miles he traveled. Several sketches are found in the final pages of the diary. The papers also include a transcript of a letter written by Bargdoll from California to his father-in-law. A letter and other personal writings by Anna Bargdoll, Amos Bargdoll's daughter, complete the collection.

Biographical Note

Amos Bargdoll was born around 1817 in Virginia. He eventually moved to Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri, and it was from Missouri that he traveled to California in 1851 to seek gold. A year later he returned to Chillicothe, where, for several years, he ran a steam saw mill. His children included a daughter, Anna Bargdoll, born around 1868 in Chillicothe, Missouri. In 1893 she wed George M. Hutchsion, also of Chillicothe.

Subject/Index Terms

California--Gold discoveries.
Overland journeys to the Pacific.
West (U.S.)--Description and travel.

Administrative Information

Repository: Eastern Kentucky University - Special Collections and Archives

Acquisition Source: Betty McKinney

Acquisition Method: purchase

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Item 1: Amos Bargdoll Goldrush Diary, 1850, 1865Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
This diary documents Bargdoll's trip from Fort Kearney to Ringgold, CA between May 30 and September 6, 1850. In 1865 someone used a blank page to document the death of two individuals.
Item 2: TS Amos Bargdoll to Father-in-law, 5 Jan 1851Add to your cart.
This letter describes mining, deaths from cholera, a skirmish between the Digger and Coloma Indian tribes, and other men from Livingston County, MO. (The original letter is located at the Western Historical Manuscript Collection, Columbia, MO)
Item 3: Model Love Letter No. 1 by A. Bargdoll, n.d.Add to your cart.
Item 4: The Woodland Herald, 18 Feb 1889Add to your cart.
A handwritten transcription of the paper.

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