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INCIDENT$ OF A TRIP
PROPERTY OF B
REAT PLATTE VALLEY,
· IN THE FALL OF 1866,
WITH A SYNOPTICAL STATEMENT OF THE VARIOUS PACIFIC RAILROADS,
AND AN ACCOUNT OF THE GREAT
UNION PACIFIC RAILROAD EXCURSION
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1887,
By D. VAN NOSTRAND.
In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District
of New York.
President of the Union Pacific Railroad Company;
American Minister to the Court of France, etc.
GENERAL : The following narrative of personal incidents, connected with a professional visit to the Rocky Mountains, and Laramie Plains, during the months of September, October and November of the past year, in company with Hon. Jesse L. Williams, Government Director, and Gen. G. M. Dodge, Chief Engineer of the Union Pacific Railroad, was originally written for, and all but the last three numbers, published in the “New York Times.”
Your appointment by the President of the United States, as Foreign Minister, made it necessary for you to leave the country before the numbers were all published; and also prevented you, much to the disappointment of yourself as well as of your associates in the management of the road, from participating in the great celebration of the completion of the Union Pacific Railroad to the one hundredth meridian of longitude, which is imperfectly described in the last numbers.
I have, therefore, taken the liberty of collecting, revising, and dedicating them to you, in their present
TO MAJOR-GENERAL JOHN A. DIX.
form, hoping that their perusal may afford you some pleasure in your moments of relaxation from the cares and responsibilities connected with your high official position. I have the honor to be, General,
Your obedient servant,
SILAS SEYMOUR. NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 1867.
II.—Denver City to Golden City-Idaho—Empire City and Berthoud
Pass—Valley of Clear Creek-Mining Operations-Scenery of the
Rocky Mountains-Mr. Williams' Letter from Berthoud Pass.
V.-A Day at Fort John Buford-Mr. Williams' Letter-Eastward
Bound—Death of the Elk-Stag-Crossing the Black Hills at
Elder Creeks—Death of the Antelope—Return to Laporte.