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John H. Towner collection

 Collection — Folder: S1317
Identifier: S1317

Scope and Contents

This collection includes three copies of an account from John H. Towner in Indiana--including a bound photostat, loose photostats, and xeroxed pages of the preface and first chapter--regarding his trip to the California Gold Rush during 1849-1850. 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 Hackleman Towner was born in 1831 to Homer L. and Paulina (Hackleman) Towner. He fought in the Mexican-American War at age 16 or 17. In 1849, he decided to leave Brookville, Indiana for the California gold fields. He departed in 1850 and went via Cincinatti, Ohio where he caught a boat down the Ohio and Mississippi rivers to New Orleans, Louisiana. From their he took a ship to Panama, traveled across the isthmus to the Pacific and voyaged to California. Towner died at age 21 on May 23, 1853 and was buried in Old Brookville, Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana.


Items in the collection. "John Hackleman Towner." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 29, 2024.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/10/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2017/10/12 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2024/02/29 by Brittany Kropf.
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.