Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 18, 1841

“Monday, 18th. Having ascended a about half a mile, a frightful prospect opened before us–naked mountains whose summits still retained the snows perhaps of a thousand years, for it had withstood the heat of a long dry summer, and ceased … Continue reading

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October 17, 1841

“Sunday, 17th. This morning we set forth into the rolling mountains; in many places it was so steep that all were obliged to take it on foot. Part of the day we traveled through valleys between peaks, where the way … Continue reading

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October 16, 1841

“Saturday, 16th.  This morning 4 or 5 men started to ascend several of the high peaks to ascertain if it was possible to pass the mountains. Just as they were going to start Capt. B. came up. He was in … Continue reading

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What did John Bidwell carry in his pack?

John Bidwell started out with a wagon full of provisions and equipment. We don’t know exactly what he was hauling other than food and a flintlock rifle, but presumably he had some things in the way of personal effects and … Continue reading

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October 14, 1841

But first—-this announcement: I’ll be signing books at the Chico Library Fall Festival tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If anyone would like a copy of my book, or would like to meet and talk to the author, please … Continue reading

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October 11, 1841

“Monday, 11th. Left the lake this morning going into the mountains on a S.W. course. Today we left the trail of Capt. B. and having traveled 19 miles, arrived on a stream which flowed rapidly, and afforded more water than … Continue reading

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October 7, 1841

“Now we have been found fault with long enough, and we are going to California. If you can keep up with us, all right; if you cannot, you may go to hell!” Captain John Bartleson’s words still rang in John … Continue reading

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October 5-6, 1841

“Tuesday, 5th.  Today was very warm, and the oxen were not able to keep up with the horses. Traveled about 30 miles and stopped on the river about dark–grass plenty, willows–this going so fast was the fault of Capt. B., … Continue reading

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October 2, 1841

“Saturday, 2nd.  Having traveled about 5 miles, we all beheld with delight the course of the river change to S. W.  Here was excellent grass–it was 3 or 4 feet high, and stood thick like a meadow, it was a … Continue reading

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The many names of the Humboldt River

“October 1st. The stream had already attained the size of which we supposed Mary’s river to be, and yet its course was due N.W. Distance 20 miles.” Still in doubt about whether they had found Mary’s River or not, the … Continue reading

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