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William Thomas Early diary, 1886, circa 1975, undated

Identifier: Series 1

Scope and Contents

W.T. Early was born in England and spent many years traveling throughout North and South America. He eventually settled on a homestead near Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, in 1883. In 1886, Early, along with two associates, began a journey that eventually led him to homestead a ranch at the base of Grey Rock, near Livermore, Colorado. When Early acquired the title to the land after homesteading for three years, he moved permanently to Fort Collins. He set up a carpentry shop and was known as a fine craftsman of homes and cabinetry.

Included is an original handwritten diary by Early of his travel from Fort Qu'Applle, Saskatchewan, Canada to Fort Collins, Colorado. The diary gives a detailed account of happenings to Early and his two companions on their 1,000 mile journey west. Also included is a typed transcript of a portion of the diary and two photographs. The diary was donated by Walter Early, W.T. Early's son, in 1975.


  • Creation: 1886, circa 1975, undated


Restrictions on Access

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From the Collection: 2 linear feet (1 record carton, 1 document case)

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the CSU Libraries Archives & Special Collections Repository

Fort Collins Colorado 80523-1019 USA