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C. From San Francisco he went by boat to Panama, crossed the Isthmus on the primitive railroad and returned by boat to New York. Page 3 It was not until after this overland trip that he took up the subject of dentistry, graduating March 1st, 1866, at Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery, coming to Denver in 1870, in which place he has continued to practice for forty-six years, seeing it grow from a town of 4,000 to that of 225,000 inhabitants. E. R. Warner. , June 15, 1916 Page 4 Diary Page 5 The spring of 1862 found me as usual in ill health.
In the afternoon the road entered the mountains and for a few miles was the most beautiful, romantic and picturesque we had met, as well as the roughest and most difficult to travel. Here we took a new road, cut through the woods on a hillside to avoid several crossings of the creek. On entering the timber the mosquitoes became intolerable which, together with an almost impassible road, made travel rather dangerous. Once our wagon was on the eve of oversetting as I threw my weight upon the wheel just in time to save it.
There were advantages, we thought, in traveling as we didalone. We could make much better time, out-traveling many horse and mule teams; not being delayed camping and breaking camp. as large trains with women and children necessarily are. Again, we are able to keep our cattle in better condition. Large trains with families usually camp in regular camping places where wood and water can be obtained for cooking purposes; consequently grass becomes scarce and cattle must be stinted or be driven back sometimes a mile or more to the bluffs.