Yellowstone and the Great West: Journals, Letters, and Images from the 1871 Hayden Expedition

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Appendix 2
Peale's Journal: May 21 to July 3, 1871

Except for Peale's first entry of May 21, which is from Peale's journal, deposited at the Yellowstone Research Library, the remaining entries in this appendix are all from Peale's journal notebook, deposited at the USGS Field Records Library in Denver. Peale's entry dates within paragraphs have been italicized.


SUNDAY, MAY 21

We left the depot in West Philadelphia last night at 10 P.M. We had our berth made up and retired soon. Chester Dawes of Pittsfield, Mass., who was with me, slept very soundly all night although I (probably from being unaccustomed to riding in a sleeping car), did not rest very well. I was awake when we passed through Lancaster and Harrisburg, and also when we crossed the Susquehanna River. I awoke at 4 A.M. and found that we were beginning to get into the Mountains. I lay in the berth looking out of the window, enjoying the scenery until nearly 6 o'clock when I rose and performed my morning ablutions. At 6:40 A.M., we arrived at Altoona, our breakfast station. Immediately on stopping I went to the telegraph office in the hotel to send word to Clifford Negley of Pittsburgh (one of our party) to meet us and go on with us. There being no operator there I went to the R[ailroad] Company's office but met with the same success. I therefore concluded to take my breakfast (which, by the bye, I bolted) and wrote a telegram to throw off at Cresson.


OGDEN, UTAH TERRITORY: JUNE 3 TO 10

Ogden is situated in the Salt Lake basin, to the east of which, upon the hills at the foot of the Wahsatch Mountains, we encamped. The Mountains are

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