William Sumner Johnson's Travel Trunk

With the possibility of striking it rich, thousands of Americans headed to California during the Gold Rush. In 1849, William Sumner Johnson left Connecticut and joined the thousands of ‘49ers heading to the gold fields in San Francisco. He took this trunk on the long trip west and wrote letters home to his wife about the circuitous route that he took across the continent, by sea and on horseback.
date made
ca 1849
Place Made
United States: California, San Francisco
Physical Description
metal (part: material)
leather (part: material)
wood (part: material)
overall: 42.5 cm x 65 cm x 42 cm; 16 3/4 in x 25 9/16 in x 16 9/16 in
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Many Voices, One Nation
Many Voices, One Nation
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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