Finding Aid to the William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852 MS.734

Finding aid prepared by Holly Rose Larson
Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
234 Museum Drive
Los Angeles, CA, 90065-5030
323-221-2164
rroom@theautry.org
2012 November 16


Title: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852
Identifier/Call Number: MS.734
Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Date: 1906 October 1
Abstract: This is a typed copy of a letter from William H. Hilton written to Major E. A. Sherman on 1906 October 1, recounting a pack, or wagon, train trip Hilton made for the U. S. Government from San Diego to Fort Yuma in 1852.
creator: Hilton, William H.
creator: Sherman, E. A., Major

Biographical note

In San Diego, military supplies were unloaded from ships onto the wharf and transferred to the New San Diego Depot, where they were then transported by pack or wagon train to Fort Tejon, Fort Mohave, San Luis Rey, Chino, Santa Ysabel, San Bernardino, Fort Yuma, and other places. A line of pack trains across the desert was successfully established in 1851 by William H. Hilton, who carried supplies from San Diego to Fort Yuma for some time, under contract.

Scope and Contents

This is a typed copy of a letter from William H. Hilton written to Major E. A. Sherman on 1906 October 1, recounting a pack, or wagon, train trip Hilton made for the U. S. Government from San Diego to Fort Yuma in 1852. The letter mentions an earthquake in Fort Yuma, Kearny's expedition, Spanish missions, and the influence of Jesuit fathers on the Native Americans.
The date reflects when the original letter was first written, not the date the copy was created.

Preferred citation

Text: William H. Hilton's Account of a Government Trip from San Diego to Yuma in 1852, 1906 October 1, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.734.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 November 16, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Acquisition

Donated to the Library as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, before 1931.

Use

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Access

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Subjects and Indexing Terms

Correspondence
Diegueno Indians.
Fort Yuma Reservation (Ariz. and Calif.)
Indians of North America -- California
Kearny's Expedition, 1846
Missions -- California
Overland travel
Pack transportation
San Diego (Calif.)
San Pasqual, Battle of, Calif., 1846
Transportation, Military
Typescript
United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs. Fort Yuma Agency
Wagon trains