Monday, July 30, 2018

The William P. Huff Wagon Train Gold Rush Map of 1849

William P. Huff, a San Felipe merchant, joined a group of Texans who traveled to the newly discovered gold fields of California in a wagon train in 1849.   Huff wrote an extensive journal of his journey from Fredericksburg, Texas to Yuma, Arizona, in which he left detailed information about the route taken along what came to be known as the Southern Emigrant Route.  Huff’s entire journal will soon be published, for the first tine, by James Woodrick.  Meanwhile, those who are interested in the earliest roads through West Texas, and on to California can access the interactive map below to see the entire journey, with its daily stops.  A daily log with summary description of each day's travel is also included below.

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