Lanfear’s Journey to Texas via Illinois Posted in: Lifestyle After being seriously injured in the mine collapse, Enon Lanfear and his family returned to Illinois.The trip to California had been by a difficult and dangerous wagon train over the plains and mountains, but the return was by ship from California to the Panama Canal Zone, train across the 47-mile isthmus from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and another ship to New York. The date is still unclear, but it was approximately 1867 based on information supplied by Marshall McGraw, Archives and Special Collections Associate, Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library.Their trip was before the Panama Canal was built. The ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!