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John H. Towner collection

 Collection — Folder: S1317
Identifier: S1317

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three copies of John H. Towner's story, including a bound photostat, loose photostats and xeroxed pages of the preface and first chapter. Mr. Towner tells about his trip to the California Gold Rush in 1850. During the winter of 1849-1850, he heard about the Gold Rush while in school in Brookville. He wrote the first of January 1850, he "found that I had a very severe attack of the gold fever." He left on February 21, 1850, although his mother begged him not to go. John took passage on a canal boat to Cincinnati, and wrote about the experience on the Whitewater Canal. In the Queen City, he joined others going to California via the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. The last entry is about his visit to the Art Union gallery in Cincinnati and the Greek Slave statue which was on exhibit there.


  • 1849-1850


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

John H. Towner wrote an account of his travels to the California Gold Rush in 1850. He left school in Brookville, Indiana, and went to Cincinnati, where he boarded a boat to go down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans. From there, he took a ship to Panama.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/10/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
John H. Towner collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.