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Jacob Harlan, Wagon Trip to California, 1846

Narrative of Jacob Wright's journey to California by wagon in 1846


Jacob Harlan grew up in Indiana and moved to Michigan where, in 1845, he and an uncle organized a wagon train to California. This database is a collection of memories by Harlan regarding his preparations and travels to the West Coast in 1846. It contains his encounters with the doomed Donner party, and Fremont's battalion during his overland journey. He also describes his life in San Francisco associated with a milk and livery business, storekeeping in the gold camps near Coloma and farming near San Jose. For those wishing to better understand the context in which their ancestors may have lived, this can be a helpful narrative.
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