A Walk Across the Continent


Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859 - 1928), an Amer...

Charles Lummis

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.

Read the Los Angeles Times online.

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