Creator: Dailey, Benjamin, 1830-1884

Provenance Note: A photocopied typed transcription of the Benjamin Dailey diary was donated to Special Collections by Louise Merrilies of Butte, Montana on August 24, 1965.

Historical Note: Benjamin Dailey was a Montana pioneer who traveled west in 1866. He probably started his trip along the Platte River Road before turning north with his party along the Bozeman Road on July 26, 1866. Dailey recorded the party's progress with lengthy entries that give detailed description of the countryside, Indian rumors, encounters with soldiers, and other incidents along the trail. The Dailey party arrived in Virginia City on September 8, 1866.

Content Description Note: The Benjamin Dailey diary is a photocopy of a typed transcription taken from the original whose location is unknown. An additional copy of the diary, containing entries beyond 1866, is located at the Montana Historical Society in Helena, Montana.

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Updated: 2/5/09