Monthly Archives: January 1853

July 21, 1853

Thursday July 21st. This morning we traded a yoke of oxen for a horse as we need one very much. Have 3 yoke left and our load is light. Eight miles from camp is a branch 10 feet wide. Drove … Continue reading

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July 20, 1853

Wednesday 20th. Joined one wagon this morning. Two wagons are enough to get along fast. One mile from camp the road left the river and passed to the right of a very bad slough and crossed Thomas’s Fork in 4 … Continue reading

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July 19, 1853

Tuesday the 19th. Our train divided. It was too large on account of grass. We started out alone again, having traveled some 799 miles in company with those 2 wagons and 7 men we joined on the Platte River. One … Continue reading

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July 18, 1853

Monday the 18th. On the opposite side of the river is a long steep hill to climb, six miles farther is quaking asp grove and a fine spring at the left of the road, 3 miles father is Pleasant grove … Continue reading

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July 17, 1853

Sunday July 17th. Anxious to get better grass we drove to Thomas’s Fork about 12 miles keeping the left hand road around the mountain to the river. Here we camped for the day.

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July 16, 1853

Saturday the 16th. Over hills and hollows, mountains and creeks, traveled 15 miles to-day and camped on Crow Creek.

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July 15, 1853

Friday the 15th. Started this morning about 7 o’clock, traveled 8 miles and found a branch at the right of the road, 4 miles farther we struck the same branch again and camped at its crossing. Found good grass about … 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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July 12 and 13, 1853

Tuesday the 12th, & Wednesday the 13th. Started this morning to travel the Kinney cutoff which is to take the left hand road after crossing Little Sandy, thence to Big Sandy for 17 miles, then strike it again for the … Continue reading

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July 11, 1853

Monday the 11th. This morning about 4 o’clock a company of 5 wagons joined us, being driven from their camp (2 miles below) by the Indians. Laid still all day today. Some of our cattle are lame. Had a fine … Continue reading

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