Edward Fitzgerald Beale’s Closing Actions on Beale Wagon Road in Indian Territory
1. Beale Reports to U. S. Government in Washington, December 15, 1859
E. F. Beale sends Final Report, Itinerary and Logs of Wagon Road Survey from Fort Smith to Colorado River to Secretary of War, John B. Floyd, from Chester, PA, December 15, 1859. U. S. Congress orders Beale’s report published on March 9, 1860.
2. The Press, Philadelphia, Monday, July 16, 1860, p. 1
Pennsylvania News, Lancaster Co.
Lieut. Edward F. Beale and Frederick E. Kerlin left Chester (PA) on Wednesday morning last, on their way to California, by the overland road. They will probably go over the wagon road, on the thirty-fifth parallel—surveyed and completed by Mr. Beale—in order to examine thoroughly its practical advantages as an emigrant route. It is said to be the best and shortest road now in existence between Fort Smith and the Colorado, and must soon be generally used by travelers to the Golden State. It is the intention of Mr. Beale to explore the country more fully than he has heretofore. We wish the party a safe arrival in California, and a speedy return to their family and friends residing hero.
3. The Press, Philadelphia, Thursday, October 18, 1860
Telegraphic News: From the Plains – Fort Smith, Ark. October 17, 1860
On the 15th of September, Lieut. Beale, accompanied by Fred Kerlin, arrived at Fort Magare on the Colorado. Fifty days were occupied in reaching that point from Westport, Mo. Indian hostilities were expected after 120 miles to the west in Kansas and emigrants were cautioned to take other routes until conditions improved. …