David L. Bristow
To Nebraska in 1857: A Diary of E. F. Beadle
This site presents the complete text of the 1857 travel diary of Erastus F. Beadle (1821-1894), a man who spent several months in Omaha during the early territorial days. To Nebraska in 1857 is a book-length document, including an introduction and eighteen chapters. Intimate and well-written, Beadle's diary is among the best first-hand accounts of life in a Western frontier town. Through his daily entries, we experience the hardships of travel, the ambition and heady optimism of the frontier, the isolation and longing for family, and the day-to-day trials of life "on the border."
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Introduction by David L. Bristow
5 - Welcome to Omaha. Omaha, Nebraska—March 31-April 9.
10 - Saratoga. Omaha, Nebraska—May 17-25.
14 - Frontier Politics. Omaha, Nebraska—July 10-29.
New material © 2000 by David L. Bristow
Erastus Beadle. Before he became known a publisher of dime novels, Beadle had his own real-life adventures on the frontier.