A Journey on Horseback Through the Great West, Chester A. Loomis, 1825

A New Yorker in the West

Chester Loomis experienced the remoteness of western life firsthand as a traveler in June 1825. Loomis wrote pejoratively about idle Indians and coarse settlers, even while he traveled along Indian-made paths and relied on settlers for hospitality. Disgusted by the lack of familiar food, comforts, manners, and entertainment during his encounters with white settlers and Miami Indians in Indiana, Loomis returned to Ontario County, New York, after six weeks in the West.