Has anyone seen “Thompson’s Complete Guide to the New Gold Regions”?

Francis M. Thompson  [no date]

Francis M. Thompson (1833-1916) (image credit: MTHistoryRevealed)

Reader challenge: There’s a frontier-era Chinuk Wawa vocabulary that I’ve never laid eyes on, nor heard about till recently…

It was published the same year as George Gibbs’s influential vocabulary, so I’m guessing it’s based on sources independent of him.

The title is:

Thompson’s complete guide to the new gold regions of upper Missouri, Deer Lodge, Beaver Head, Nez Percés, Salmon River, Boise River, Powder River, John Day, Cariboo, etc., etc., etc. : containing tables of distances, camping places, many words of the Blackfoot and Flat Head languages, and the complete Chinook Jargon …

(Apparently the same guy wrote “A Tenderfoot in Montana”, which might be interesting to us as well. For sure, a fair bit is known about his life; he designed the state seal of Montana Territory and once he was even a bridesmaid!)

More info on “Thompson’s Complete Guide”, from Worldcat:

Author: Francis M Thompson
Publisher: St. Louis : Published by R.P. Studley, for H.M. Thompson, 1863.
Series: Western Americana, frontier history of the trans-Mississippi West, 1550-1900, reel 532, no. 5361.
Edition/Format:  Book  Microform : Microfilm : Master microform : EnglishView all editions and formats

Gold mines and mining — Northwest, Pacific.
Gold mines and mining.
Pacific Northwest.

Library Held formats Distance


Washington State University
Holland and Terrell Libraries

Pullman, WA 99164 United States


68 miles


University of Idaho Library

Moscow, ID 83844 United States


70 miles


University of Montana, Mansfield Library

Missoula, MT 59812 United States



University of Washington Libraries

Seattle, WA 98195 United States



Montana Historical Society Library

Helena, MT 59620 United States

Microform not held; 1 other formats

Lewis & Clark College
Aubrey R. Watzek Library

Portland, OR 97219 United States

Several of those are day-trip distance from my Spokane base — but Covid-19 means I probably can’t visit them any time soon!

Anyone have Interlibrary Loan privileges, or already own a photocopy of this item?