June 2, 1853

Thursday the 2nd. We expect to cross the South Platte today and dread it exceedingly. We reached it at 1:30 o’clock, blocked up our wagon boxes, mustered up courage and got through safe. This river is about 3/4 of a mile in width and from 1 to 3-1/2 feet deep, tolerably swift and always muddy. The bottom or bed of the river is nothing but quick-sand and shakes a wagon when it goes over it as if it were going over a pavement at a rapid rate. Camped two miles from the ford in the forks of the North and South Platte.

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One Response to June 2, 1853

  1. Rob Nelson says:

    It’s unclear to me exactly where they crossed the Platte. By far the most common place to ford the South Platte in 1853 was the “Lower California” crossing west of present day Brule, Nebraska. Given that they didn’t reach Ash Hollow for three more days and reported traveling approximately 20 miles per day, it appears they crossed the South Platte further east than that. My best guess is that they may have crossed at Fremont’s Ford about five miles west of present day North Platte.