Category Archives: cattle and grass

August 21, 1853

Sunday 21st. Laid by all day to-day. Plenty of Indians about our camp with fish and ponies for trade. Lost one ox and one cow last night.

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August 17, 1853

Wednesday the 17th. 5 miles from camp is a beautiful branch and good grass. Watered our stock and rolled on 3 miles farther when we reached another fine branch and plenty of grass, and another 3 miles farther. After crossing … Continue reading

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August 16, 1853

Tuesday the 16th. This morning we had a very rough road for 6 or 7 miles. Five miles from camp is White Sulphur Springs. Good grass here. Drove on about 10 miles and came to a branch which was dry … Continue reading

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August 15, 1853

Monday 15th. Again some of our neighbor’s cattle died during the night. We find them lying along the road sometimes within a few feet of each other and two or three together. Twelve miles farther is another creek. Some grass … Continue reading

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August 14, 1853

Sunday August the 14th. Some of our neighbor’s cattle died last night, but we lost none. They seem to be well when they turn them out and in the morning find them dead. Drove 5 miles and came to another … Continue reading

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August 13, 1853

Saturday August 13th. We had a long hill to climb this morning and a very rocky one. It is almost useless to attempt to describe the road on this part of the trip. For several days we have had little … Continue reading

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August 12, 1853

Friday August 12th. Lost 2 oxen belonging to our train last night and they are dying off all around us. Destruction stares us in the face. Drove 3 miles this morning and came to a dry creek, 8 miles farther … Continue reading

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August 11, 1853

Thursday August 11th. This morning some of our cattle are sick and we hardly know what is the matter. They are not poisoned. Many have died around us during the night and this morning. It is the prevailing opinion that … Continue reading

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August 10, 1853

Wednesday the 10th. A few Indians about our camp this morning trading moccasins etc. for shirts, powder and balls. Drove 13 miles without water, came to another creek, where we camped again. Oh! we are getting so tired of this … Continue reading

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August 9, 1853

Tuesday August 9th. Got all across safe and without any accidents, drove out about 1 mile and one of our oxen laid down and died. Saw a great many dead cattle along the road to-day. Some attribute it to their … Continue reading

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