Journal of crossing the plains in 1850

Journal of crossing the plains in 1850

Dates: 1850

Handwritten account of Keith's overland journey from St. Joseph, Missouri to Weaverville, California, in 1850. Keith paid a "Mr. Platner" to guide him and seventeen others to California. After being swindled and abandoned at Fort Laramie, Keith was furnished with provisions by the fort's commanding officer. The diary describes difficult travelling conditions, lack of feed and clean water for the company's animals, and problems with Indians. Keith also passed through Salt Lake City and gives a brief description.

  • Extent: 1 item (ca. 50 pages). -- 1 item (16 pages) + 2 typescript (22 pages)
  • Creator: Keith, F. F. (Fleury F.)
  • Call Number: MSS SC 108
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Journal of crossing the plains in 1850 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 108; Journal of crossing the plains in 1850; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 108, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1974.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1974.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Keith, F. F. (Fleury F.)--Diaries; Overland journeys to the Pacific; Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Pioneers--West (U.S.)--History; Salt Lake City (Utah)--Description and travel
Genre / Form
Diaries; Histories
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
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Finding Aid Title
Journal of crossing the plains in 1850
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-04T16:38-0600
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Biographical History

American pioneer. Grain merchant from Indiana who retired in San Jose, California in 1891.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts