Monthly Archives: September 1853

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 18, 1853

Sunday 18th. A beautiful morning, warmer than it was yesterday, Des Chutes River 10 miles from camp. Before reaching the river we had a long hill to descend and a worse one to climb after crossing. Reached the river about … Continue reading

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September 17, 1853

Saturday 17th. Over a rough road to-day through a long canyon. When we came out of this we had a fine view of the Cascade Mountains, the snow capped peaks of Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens. The highest is … Continue reading

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September 15, 1853

Thursday the 15th. This morning is as cool as a November morning and the cloaks and overcoats are not uncomfortable. Nine miles and we come to the forks of the road and Cedar Spring, the left leading to Rock Creek, … 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 13, 1853

Tuesday 13th. Got a late start this morning as we had to water our stock one by one again. Arrived at Willow Creek at dark, good spring water and good grass 1 mile down the creek. Drove 20 miles and … Continue reading

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September 12, 1853

Monday 12th. Left quite early this morning to get to Well’s Spring in time to water our stock as water is scarce and first come fares best. Camped at the lower spring which is the best. We find it by … Continue reading

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September 11, 1853

Sunday 11th. Got a late start this morning on account of one of our cattle straying off. Followed the river for six miles then crossed. Here we found the Indian Agency, the first frame house we have seen since we … Continue reading

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September 10, 1853

Saturday Sept. 10. Drove 15 miles today and camped on the Umatilla again.

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September 9, 1853

Friday 9th. Traveled 7 or 8 miles when we struck the river, down it 8 miles to where the road finally leaves the Umatilla River, where we camped for the night.

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