Title: Untitled [An interesting personality ... John Nelson]

Periodical: Star

Date: May 20, 1892

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An interesting personality in Buffalo Bill's Wild West coach, says Woman, is John Nelson who carelessly sits on the top of the Deadwood coach and fires on the attack of Indians. This quiet-looking old man led one of the most adventurous lives of any on the Western frontier. He it was who guided Brigham Young and the first detachment of the Mormon colony across the plains to Utah. Driven from Illinois, the Apostle and his followers were making their way as best they could towards the Promised Land, which he vaguely assured them lay somewhere in the West among the mountains, when one day a strange figure rode into their camp. This was Nelson, who had been living for some years with a tribe of the Sioux. Young, in despair of finding the Promised Land at all, enlisted his services as guide. How successful those services were is now a matter of history.

Title: Untitled [An interesting personality ... John Nelson]

Periodical: Star

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody Collection, MS6, MS6.3778.017.02 (1892 London)

Date: May 20, 1892

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  Periodical: Woman

  Date: May 11, 1892

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Britain

Keywords: American frontier American Indians Drawings and graphics Exhibitions Indians of North America Historical reenactments Mormon pioneers Mormons Overland Trails Scrapbooks Sioux Nation Stagecoaches Traveling exhibitions Wagon trains

People: Nelson, John Young, 1826-1903 Young, Brigham, 1801-1877

Places: Earl's Court (London, England) London (England)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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