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Henry T. Baldy Diary

Identifier: M1443

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a diary written by Baldy during his trip to and from California. Included is a partial transcript for May 15 - Sept. 1852. Diary provides descriptions of the landscape, route, seeing a herd of buffaloes, Black Hills, arriving on the Pacific Coast, trading posts operated by Indians. Collection also available on microfilm (Mflm 8).


  • March 24, 1852-July 21, 1854


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


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Biographical / Historical

Physican, graduate of the Rush Medical College of Chicago, born December 29, 1819 in Pennsylvania. He was a resident of Lockport, Illinois when he left on March 24, 1852 with his two brothers and traveled overland by wagon via Fort Kearney, Nebraska and south of the Platte River to the Humboldt Valley and Sacramento, California. Baldy then spent over a year traveling in California. He sailed from San Francisco on June 16, 1854 aboard the steamship Cortes for New York via Central America. Baldy arrived in New York July on 12, 1854 and returned home to Lockport, Illinois by July 21, 1854. He later lived in Iowa and died on March 18, 1900 and is buried in Woodlawn Cemtery, Tama County, Iowa.


1 envelope

1 microfilm reels (35mm)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Carnegie Regional Grant, 1980s.


Collection also available on microfilm (Mflm 8).

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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