By Amos Jay Cummings
In 1873, Amos Jay Cummings, a adorned Civil battle veteran and journalist for the recent York solar 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 partially to determine what all of the fuss used to be approximately. in the course of his six-month excursion from Kansas to California, Cummings despatched outstanding and interesting money owed of the yank West again to his readers in manhattan. ;Collected during this quantity for the 1st time are Cummings's pictures of a land and its collection of characters in contrast to something again East. Characters like Pedro Armijo, the recent Mexican sheep multi-millionaire who took Denver by means of hurricane, and extra prominently the Mormon prophet Brigham younger and his nineteenth spouse, Ann Eliza younger, who used to be submitting for divorce on the time of Cummings's arrival. ;Although at the present time he's almost unknown, in the course of his lifetime Cummings was once essentially the most well-known newspapermen within the usa, partly due to tales like those. entire with a biographical cartoon and ancient creation, A striking interest is an stress-free learn for anyone attracted to the yankee West within the latter 1/2 the 19th century.
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Cummings (the February 17, 1910, issue of the Colorado Springs Gazette carried a full history of the Union Printers Home and the efforts to raise funds for the new library dedicated to Cummings). At the time, the library’s holdings included 10,000 volumes and numerous newspapers. As late as 1966, the library still existed, although even by the 1930s, few if anyone remembered Amos Cummings. A Pictorial Presentation of the Union Printers Home, put out by the International Typographical Union in 1935, even failed to mention that the library had been named for Cummings.
Flowers, the governor is said to have told Cummings, “You’ll see two carriages waiting at the door to take you home, Amos. ” Like dining, fishing expeditions were another acceptable male social activity. Wherever he went, Cummings dropped a line in the water. ” He went on to claim he had fished from “almost every dock in New York and New Jersey” south to Lake Worth in Florida and west to San Lorenzo Creek in California. He also recalled fishing in Bunnell’s Pond near Honesdale, Pennsylvania, when he was a boy.
Among other things, he was interested in the tin mining boom in the Black Hills, hence the name “Tin Letters” that is written in a short table of contents in the scrapbook in which clippings of six Sun articles were pasted. Three are datelined Rapid City, one each from Grizzly Gulch and Hill City, and another one from Deadwood (“A Cold Day in Deadwood”). The latter was written thirteen years after 1876, the date of the town of Deadwood as portrayed in the HBO television series of the same name.