The Journal of George W. Bean : Las Vegas Springs, New Mexico Territory, 1856-57
Dees, Harry C.
Nevada Historical Society Quarterly
April 6, 1855 to February 28, 1856. This is a journal of Bean's mission to Las Vegas to teach the Paiute Indians. Until he reaches Las Vegas, most of the entries consist of the time stopped and started, where camped, distance traveled that day, the quality of the land, and the weather. Upon reaching the settlement, Bean describes exploring the surrounding area, undertaking agricultural activities, and the organization of a social club, the Lyceum, in the new town. He often writes of his participation in public debates held for entertainment. Much of the diary includes his daily interactions with the Paiutes, including the founding of a school to teach the local Paiute dialect to Mormon missionaries.