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 to have a man in it sick with the small pox. Came within a mile and a half of the ferry and camped. Will not cross till Monday morning.

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One Response to May 7, 1853

  1. Rob Nelson says:

    The Goltras originally tried to cross the Kansas River using the Papin’s Ferry near what is now Topeka. When they encountered a problem there they headed west to use an alternate, competing commercial ferry, the Union Ferry, near present day Willard.