“I've Just Got in Across the Plains”

Alternate titles: “Miner's Song”
Author: Enuel Davis?
Earliest date: 1912 (Belden)
Keywords: travel hardtimes animal gold warning
Found in: US(So)


"I've just got in across the plains, I'm poorer than a snail, My mules all died but poor old Chip." The singer tells of his terrible troubles on the way to California, and warns those who would follow that gold is hard to find


Belden mentions that this was written "on the California Trail around 1850 by Enuel Davis," who contributed other complaints about the trail to California. But in context, it appears possible that Davis was the transcriber or publisher. - RBW


  1. Belden, pp. 345-346, "I've Just Got in Across the Plains" ( 1 text)
  2. Roud #7775
  3. BI, Beld345