Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gathering: May 1841

Camped by the Kansas River, John Bidwell and his companions waited to see who else would show up. “Every day for a week or more wagons arrived with the same object in view (going to California.) At last we took … Continue reading

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May 9, 1841

“When May came I was the only man that was ready to go out of all who signed the pledge. In Weston however there was a man who had never signed the pledge, but who had said from the beginning … Continue reading

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Essentials for Immigrants, part 3

“It was understood that every one should have not less than a barrel of flour with sugar and so forth to suit; but I laid in one hundred pounds more flour than the usual quantity, besides other things. This I … Continue reading

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Essentials for Immigrants, part 2

John Bidwell talked to anyone who had knowledge of travel in Indian Territory. One of the things he needed to know was what kind of gun to take. There was no more important piece of equipment than a gun. “My … Continue reading

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