A Guide to the Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871
Born in Columbiana County, Ohio, Alcinus Young Eaton (1842-1898) attended Mount Union College in Ohio before receiving his law degree from the Cleveland College of Law in 1870. The following year, he traveled to the Southwest, seeking a drier climate for health reasons and eventually settling in Silver City, New Mexico, where he worked as a newspaper editor and a gold prospector. After moving to Minnesota between 1878 and 1879, Eaton established a law practice in Wright County. In 1887, he was elected to the 25th Minnesota Legislature, serving three successive terms until his retirement in 1894.
"Eaton, Alcinus Young "A. Y."" Minnesota Legislative Reference Library - Legislators Past and Present. Accessed May 23, 2011. http://www.leg.state.mn.us/legdb/fulldetail.aspx?id=12660.
Composed of a typescript, the Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871, chronicles Eaton’s experiences traveling from Carson City, Colorado to Silver City, New Mexico. The diary describes travel conditions, the landscape, and various cultural influences on the region.
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Alcinus Young Eaton Diary, 1871, 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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