A Guide to the Erin Bryan Diary, 1853
Erin Bryan was part of an expedition that traveled to West Texas in 1853 in search of mines.
The Erin Bryan Diary, 1853, includes two transcripts of a diary kept by Bryan during an expedition to West Texas searching for mines that included stops at Comanche Springs and Phantom Hill. The narrative begins August 5, 1853 and describes the conditions and events of the trip, including weather conditions, encounters with Native Americans and bears, unfavorable weather conditions, camping and hunting, and illnesses. The diary ends on October 22, while the expedition was still in progress and before it had found any mines.
This collection is open for research use.
Erin Brady Diary, 1853, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
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