1840s

Gold mining in California: A firsthand report (1849)

In this first-person report, take a look at the harsh conditions the Miner '49ers faced -- both in getting to California, and what they found when they reached the gold fields. "All writers who have written on the subject of crossing the plains have greatly misrepresented the trip."

The great comet (1843)

Here is a report from New Bedford, Massachusetts -- via Pennsylvania -- about the cosmological wonder known as The Great Comet of 1843 (technically named C/1843 D1 and 1843 I) that they were seeing in the sky. ... Click to read more...

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