Philemon Morriss's Oregon Trail Diary

Philemon kept a detailed account of his trip west on the Oregon Trail, and his first two winters in Oregon, in the small diary shown below. You can view scans of the original diary (made by Gary Barker) as well as a transcript created by The End of the Oregon Trail Interperative Center.

Diary Transcript

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