Category Archives: Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson

One Last Thought from Nicholas Dawson

On how to NOT get rich in California: While I was slowly accumulating, the majority of fortune seekers in California were saving nothing. If they mined, they were shifting from place to place, or squandering money in impracticable ventures, such … Continue reading

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Dawson in the Gold Rush

Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson and his three comrades were not getting rich at gold digging. So they decided to try a new occupation–droving. Droving meant going down to the ranches and buying up cattle to herd back to the mines. Dawson … Continue reading

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Nicholas Dawson in ’49

After spending almost three years in California, Nicholas Dawson returned to the States by way of Mexico. He went back to Arkansas, where he had formerly taught school, and there he found a former pupil, Margaret Wright, who was now … Continue reading

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Nicholas Dawson — Hunting Otter on the Santa Barbaras

Nicholas “Cheyenne” Dawson spent about a year at Santa Cruz keeping store and supervising the shipping of redwood lumber for Job Dye. The business wasn’t making money, so Dye closed the store. He decided to try otter hunting instead and … Continue reading

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“Cheyenne” Dawson in California, part 7

At that time Sutter was on the Sacramento, and wanted colonists; but I, with ten or twelve others who were in a hurry to get into employment, decided to try the Spanish settlements south of us, and after a day … Continue reading

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The Adventures of “Cheyenne” Dawson, Part 6

The Bidwell-Bartleson party of American emigrants arrived at the ranch of John Marsh on November 4, 1841. Now they at last knew for sure that they were in California. But it was not exactly what they had expected. Here is … Continue reading

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“Cheyenne” Dawson, Part 5

At Soda Springs the company of emigrants split in two. The more cautious of them took the advice of their trail guide and remained on the Oregon Trail, but 32 men, plus Mrs. Kelsey and her baby, stuck to their … Continue reading

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