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In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a embellished Civil conflict veteran and journalist for the hot York sunlight newspaper, set out on a westward trip aboard the newly accomplished transcontinental railroad. For a while, miners, settlers, and marketers had already been heading west to make their fortunes, and Cummings made the journey partly to work out what the entire fuss was once approximately. in the course of his six-month day trip from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched impressive and fascinating debts of the yankee West again to his readers in big apple. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's photographs of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to whatever again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep rich person who took Denver through hurricane, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who was once submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although this present day he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once some of the most recognized newspapermen within the usa, partially due to tales like those. whole with a biographical cartoon and historic creation, A amazing interest is an stress-free learn for anyone attracted to the yank West within the latter half the 19th century.
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Kansas (1861) and Nevada (1864) also were states, but Colorado was still a territory, as were Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Perhaps the biggest event uniting the West with the East took place in May 1869, when the golden railroad spike was driven near Promontory, Utah, about a half mile west of Ogden, connecting the rail line coming from the west with that from the east. Cummings passed over that very stretch of track on his 1873 journey. To say that the West was sparsely settled when thirty-fiveyear-old Amos Cummings made his trek across it is an understatement.
Amos, no shrinking violet, must have loved such occasions, including Press Club meetings, events usually reported in the Sun and other newspapers and in periodicals. Two of Cummings’s scrapbooks in the New York Public Library (as well as Field and Stream: A Journal of Outdoor Life . ) contain articles recounting the culinary adventures of the New York “Ichthyophagous Club” (Fish-Eating Club) and celebrating the eating of a variety of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Cummings was behind some of the articles and is mentioned in all of them.
The poet Geoghegan was the moving spirit in the whole matter, and to his untiring energy the charming success of the affair was entirely due. The poet sang himself to sleep in his own little cot at 4:30 this morning, while Mr. Cummings was guarded on the way home by four of Inspector Byrnes’s most lynx-eyed detectives. A New York Press Club, William Geoghegan ran the Poet’s Corner located at Grand and Jackson streets in L ower M anhattan; he also wrote for the Evening Sun newspaper. Thomas Byrnes was the well-known chief of the New York Police Department’s Detective Bureau, while Hopcroft was the assistant to the New York Chief of Police and a fishing buddy of Cummings.
A Remarkable Curiosity: Dispatches from a New York City Journalist's 1873 Railroad Trip by Amos Jay Cummings