August 19, 1853

Friday August 19th. Down Boise River all day to-day, dust not very plenty on this bottom, good feed all along. Drove 15 miles today.

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August 18, 1853

Thursday 18th. Nelson dreads the road this morning being compelled to ride over the mountains owing to a severe attack of cholera morbus last night. The road after leaving camp strikes over the mountains to Boise River about 5 miles to where we had the first view of it. Followed down it for some 7 or 6 miles when we camped. The road has been quite rough today and dust so dense we could not see the oxen at times. I sympathize with any one who is unable to walk such a day as this has been for dust.

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August 17, 1853

Wednesday the 17th. 5 miles from camp is a beautiful branch and good grass. Watered our stock and rolled on 3 miles farther when we reached another fine branch and plenty of grass, and another 3 miles farther. After crossing this branch a short distance, we strike over the hills and found a more level country for about 7 miles, when we found some springs and a dry branch. Camped here again. Drove 18 miles to-day.

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August 16, 1853

Tuesday the 16th. This morning we had a very rough road for 6 or 7 miles. Five miles from camp is White Sulphur Springs. Good grass here. Drove on about 10 miles and came to a branch which was dry where we crossed it, but down a few rods in a large grove of willows, we found some springs, good grass along here. The country now begins to change its appearance, the road is smooth but over rolling country. Camped at willow grove.

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August 15, 1853

Monday 15th. Again some of our neighbor’s cattle died during the night. We find them lying along the road sometimes within a few feet of each other and two or three together. Twelve miles farther is another creek. Some grass and a very rough sort of a road. Camped here.

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August 14, 1853

Sunday August the 14th. Some of our neighbor’s cattle died last night, but we lost none. They seem to be well when they turn them out and in the morning find them dead. Drove 5 miles and came to another creek, 7 miles farther and we came to another creek, one half a mile from which are hot spring branches. Water not good. One mile farther and to the right of the road are the hot springs. These springs are very hot, almost boiling. Cannot hold my hand in the water 10 seconds. Four miles farther is Barrel creek. Good grass here. Camped again. Drove 17 1/2 miles to-day.

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August 13, 1853

Saturday August 13th. We had a long hill to climb this morning and a very rocky one. It is almost useless to attempt to describe the road on this part of the trip. For several days we have had little else but rocks to travel over and it looks no better ahead. Mountains and hills rise up before us and when we get on the top of one we see another ahead still higher. Seven miles from camp we come to another creek, not much grass, 8 miles farther are 3 fine springs branches. Here we camped again having good feed. Drove 15 miles today.

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August 12, 1853

Friday August 12th. Lost 2 oxen belonging to our train last night and they are dying off all around us. Destruction stares us in the face. Drove 3 miles this morning and came to a dry creek, 8 miles farther is another creek. Not much feed, 6 miles more and we came to a creek with very good feed. Camped here. Drove 18 miles.

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August 11, 1853

Thursday August 11th. This morning some of our cattle are sick and we hardly know what is the matter. They are not poisoned. Many have died around us during the night and this morning. It is the prevailing opinion that swimming the river so choked up with dust caused irritation of the lungs as they bleed very freely at the nose and mouth just before they die. Traveled down this creek about 5 miles to where we leave it again and camped again to let our stock recruit a little.

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August 10, 1853

Wednesday the 10th. A few Indians about our camp this morning trading moccasins etc. for shirts, powder and balls. Drove 13 miles without water, came to another creek, where we camped again. Oh! we are getting so tired of this business. Found very good grass. The Indians are very hostile in this vicinity. Emigrants should be always on their guard, a man was killed here a few days ago in the act of drinking out of the branch when an Indian shot an arrow through his heart. He left a wife and two little children to mourn his loss here on the dreary plains. It is not safe for any person to leave camp alone for they lay in ambush and watch their opportunity, and as their weapons make no report they only wait for one to get out of sight of camp and they are sure of him for they seldom miss their mark.

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