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August 24, 1853

Wednesday 24th. This morning bright and early we commenced ferrying ourselves across and by sunset had everything across without an accident. Gave a man six dollars to drive our stock across.

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August 23, 1853

Tuesday 23rd. Down the river all day. Sixteen miles from camp is Snake River Ferry. Arrived here about camping time and put our wagon boxes in the water as they charge eight dollars for each wagon.

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August 6, 1853

Saturday August 6th. Drove to Snake River ferry this morning 6 miles and found we could not cross till sometime next week. Concluded to ferry ourselves again, drove to our place to ferry and camped and laid still till Monday … Continue reading

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July 14, 1853

Thursday the 14th. The toll for ferrying across is six dollars per wagon. We concluded to ferry ourselves again, drove down the river and commenced operations, took one load over and had to stop on account of high winds. The … 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 15, 1853

Wednesday the 15th. Cannot cross yet today. They do not do as they would wish to be done by with their ferry. It is uncertain when we can cross on the ferry. We thought it best to calk up our … 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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May 9, 1853

Monday the 9th. Were across the river this morning by 11 o’clock, traveled till 3 o’clock and camped.

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May 8, 1853

Sunday the 8th. Drove down on the bank of the river, so we would not be crowded out when our turn came around. I have heard more swearing to-day, than I ever heard in one day before, or ever wish … Continue reading

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May 7, 1853

Saturday the 7th. Started very early without our breakfast in order to be first at the ferry. Got there and while waiting the rope broke. We then turned and went to another ferry 7 miles above. Passed a wagon said … Continue reading

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