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To what lengths would you go to quench your thirst for knowledge and adventure?

In 1884, Charles Lummis, a reporter from Cincinnati, Ohio, walked over 3,500 miles to take a job as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Along the way, he sent correspondence describing his experiences to the newspaper, which the Times shared with its readers.

During the journey, Lummis encountered extraordinary landscapes and brutal weather. He provided a vivid account of the Grand Canyon, remarking, “I could think of nothing else than that I stood in the street of some great city of the gods, the capital of all Olympus.” Lummis also reported on the colorful people that settled in the West, and provided a unique glimpse into the daily lives of Southwest Native American tribes.


To explore more fascinating historical moments, check out ProQuest® Historical Newspapers.  Archives date as far back as 1791 and span the globe, enabling you take your own amazing journey—without having to hit the road.

16 Sep 2013 | Posted by Shannon Janeczek

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