Full Caption: Daniel A. Jenks. Camp 100-Humbolt [sic] River. Watercolor and pen-and-ink drawing, 1859. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZC4-8872. Full Caption: Daniel A. Jenks. Camp 100-Humbolt [sic] River. Watercolor and pen-and-ink drawing, 1859. Prints and Photographs Division. LC-USZC4-8872.

Daniel A. Jenks documented life on the overland trail, basing his drawings on observations that he made as he traveled west in 1859. His views appear much more realistic than the color engraving, Emigrant Party on the Road to California featured in California: Its Past History, Its Present Position, Its Future Prospects, a work published in London in 1850 (see illustration earlier in this essay). Here the women wear homespun or calico and sunbonnets and the men are not wearing top hats. Instead we see soldiers in uniform cooking their own meals, a modestly dressed young couple engaged in conversation, women tending a cooking fire, a man and woman fetching water from the river, and a man opening his bedroll in a tent. In the background, a man appears to be holding a fishing pole. The drawing depicts the wide variety of activities taking place at the campground along the Humboldt River.

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