Tierney, Smith and Oakes History of the Gold Discoveries


Luke Tierney, S.W. Smith & D.C. Oakes. History of the Gold Discoveries on the South Platte River by Luke Tierney to which is appended A Guide of the Route, by Smith & Oaks. [Pacific City, Iowa, 1859], Denver, 1949. Facsimile. 8tvo. 27 pages plus advertisements. Paper cover. In original paper box and with notes by Nolie Mumey.

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One of a series of facsimile editions of various 1859 Pike’s Peak guidebooks produced by Nolie Mumey. Dr. Mumey was a Denver surgeon who authored and produced a substantial series of publications on the history of Denver and the West. He produced a series of 18 facsimiles of the guide books issued at the beginning of the Pike’s Peak gold rush, as well as of the famous “Greeley Report” in the Rocky Mountain News. As the original guides are extremely rare, these are wonderful works of information from these primary sources on the gold rush, often complete with their folding maps. In a number of the volumes of the series, Mumey indicates that 400 copies of each were produced. This guide was written by Tierney, Smith and Oakes. Luke Tierney was a member of the Russell party from Georgia that made the initial discovery of substantial gold along the South Platte in 1858. His journal was taken back to Iowa by D.C. Oakes, who together with S.W. Smith wrote the Guide of the Route which was appended to Tierney’s History.