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Unknown The Chugg Water Journal [Vol. 1, no. 3 (October 30, 1849)]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05067.02 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Fort Laramie, Wyoming Type: Manuscript document Date: 30 October 1849 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Handwritten third issue of the self-described "largest paper printed at Fort Laramie." Comments on submitted, and in most cases, rejected, articles. Discusses the problems of their "Polemical Editor." Contains a letter pertaining to agriculture and precious metals, another on poetry, and a note on hunting. Reports on a fire at the juvenile infirmary.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Westward Expansion, American West, Frontiers and Exploration, Journalism, Military History, American Indian History, Humor and Satire, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry, Mining, Poetry, Sports and Games, Hospital, Firefighting

Sub Era: Age of Jackson