Monthly Archives: August 2011

August 11, 1841

“Wednesday, 11th. Having traveled about 6 miles this morning the Company came to a halt–the Oregon Company were now going to leave the Bear river for Ft. Hall . . .  Many who purposed in setting out to go immediately … Continue reading

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August 10, 1841

“Tuesday, 10th. The day was fine and pleasant; a soft and cheerful breeze and the sky bedimmed by smoke brought to mind the tranquil season of autumn.”  John Bidwell waxing poetic on the trail. “A distance of 10 miles took … Continue reading

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August 8, 1841

“Sunday, 8th. Started about noon and went ten miles; scenery of the country was grand.” For the last few days Bidwell’s entries had been of this type. The two companies (Bidwell’s and De Smet’s) were still traveling together, but not … Continue reading

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Before They Close

This last week Jim and I visited several State Historic Parks, all but one of which is on the closure list, and every one of them with some connection to John Bidwell. That’s because John Bidwell knew everybody (and I … Continue reading

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