A Guide to the William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850
Born in Georgia, William P. Huff (1811-1886) was the son of George Huff, one of Stephen F. Austin’s "Old Three Hundred colonists." In 1825, he moved with his family to San Felipe de Austin, Texas, where he worked as a newspaper editor. Huff was also a paleontologist and geologist, collecting fossils as well as remains of mastodons and prehistoric bison, some of which have been exhibited in the British Museum. From 1849 through 1850, Huff traveled from Richmond, Texas, to Mariposa, California, in search of wealth during the Gold Rush. Following the Civil War, he served as county and district clerk in Fort Bend County, Texas.
"Huff, George."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 16, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fhu10.
"Meet William P. Huff." Texas Parks and Wildlife. Accessed June 16, 2011. http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/webcasts/huff/huff.phtml.
Comprising two typescripts of a journal, the William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850, documents Huff’s overland journey from Richmond, Texas, to Mariposa, California, during the Gold Rush. The journal discusses the geology and geography of the landscape, flora and fauna, and the route to southern California. Additionally, maps and drawings illustrate parts of West Texas, the Rio Grande River, and the San Saba silver mine, among other sites.
This collection is open for research use.
William P. Huff Journal, 1849-1850, 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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