Category Archives: food

September 20, 1853

Tuesday Sept. 20th. Two of our horses are missing this morning. Can’t be found, the owner stayed behind to look for them. Bought 30 pounds of beef and some other eatables and started to Barlow’s Gate 9 miles ahead, got … Continue reading

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September 19, 1853

Monday 19th. Another fine morning. The hills look quite grand around us. Our road lies over a rolling country. Nine miles from camp is Indian Creek. Some potatoes for sale here by the Indians, also a trading-post kept by a … Continue reading

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September 14, 1853

Wednesday the 14th. Laid by till noon, bought some flour at 30¢ per pound, met Mr. Ritchie as we started out. He was a native of Jacksonville, Ill. looking for his brother who is about a day behind. He was … Continue reading

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September 2, 1853

Friday 2nd. A beautiful road to-day for 10 miles when we struck a ford of Powder River then crossed a rough point of bluff and down the valley and crossed the first fork, drove on to the last fork and … Continue reading

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September 1, 1853

Thursday Sept. 1st. Having obtained a good light wagon we started out again in a team of our own as we had joined teams with another man and threw our wagon away until we could get a lighter one. We … Continue reading

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July 28, 1853

Thursday July the 28th. Started early this morning to get away from the mosquitoes after eating a good breakfast of fresh fish. Four miles from camp we come to the river again. The road is on a kind of second … Continue reading

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June 24, 1853

Friday the 24th. To Platte River Bridge, 9 miles crossing, several fine branches in the distance. Stopped at noon opposite the bridge. Grass poor. Concluded rather than pay six dollars per wagon, we would ferry our wagons over. Drove 4 … Continue reading

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June 16, 1853

Thursday the 16th. Crossed the other two wagons of our train this morning and 2 more wagons for another train. The owner said he would pay us whatever we would ask if we would set his family and wagon safe … Continue reading

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June 14, 1853

Tuesday the 14th. Reached Fort Laramie at 2 o’clock P. M. There are about 300 wagons waiting to cross Laramie River. They tell us we can cross tomorrow evening. We take this opportunity to wash and bake.

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June 7, 1853

Tuesday June the 7th. Started at the usual hour, traveled till 10 o’clock over very heavy roads, laid by to do some baking and air our provisions, camped near an excellent spring of water, and had a good meal of … Continue reading

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