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Ezra Meeker, Veedersburg, Indiana covered wagon photograph

 Collection — Folder: SP105
Identifier: SP105

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a black-and-white photograph from C. Wesley Smith of Veedersburg, Indiana depicting Ezra Meeker with his covered wagon in front of the house of his relative John Meeker in Veedersburg in December 1906.


  • 1906 December

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

Ezra Meeker, at age 76, traveled for several months by covered wagon drawn by a team of oxen from Portland, Oregon to Washington, D.C. on a commemorative trip in 1906. He originally made the journey from Indiana to Oregon Territory with his wife in 1852 by wagon, and wished to mark the trail he traveled east to west over 50 years prior. Beginning in March, Meeker took his time, stopping at various private residences across the country, and spent time in Fountain County, Indiana with extended family. He set up 20 inscribed stone monuments along his route. Meeker was inspired by the Lewis and Clark Expedition at Portland in 1905.


"Driving Ox Team 3,000 Miles to Indianapolis." Indianapolis Star, December 1, 1906, 1.

"Ezra Meeker, the old fellow..." Covington Friend (IN), December 27, 1906, 5.

"Ezra Meeker, the pioneer from Oregon..." Kingman Star (IN), December 13, 1906, 5.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from C. Weskley Smith in 1946.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/05 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/05 by Brittany Kropf.
Ezra Meeker, Veedersburg, Indiana covered wagon photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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