Before he died in 1903, Alf Doten might have wondered what would happen to his journals. Seventy-nine volumes recorded daily events during a 53-year period that he would have known was a pivotal time in the development of the American West. He might have guessed they would be preserved in an archive for future historians. He might have even been able to imagine that a distinguished author would devote 10 years to editing the diaries for publication and that subsequently, thousands of students, researchers, and history enthusiasts would benefit from the his account of life in California and Nevada. Doten liked to speculate about the technology of the future . But he could never have imagined that 114 years after his death, his diaries would be freely available to millions of people throughout the world, in their homes, on a glowing glass surface, and that any of those people could instantly query his writing with a tool that resembles a "type writing machine."