Monthly Archives: May 2016

May 31, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Monday, 31st. This morning about 10 o’clock we met six wagons with 18 men, with fur and robes on their way from Ft. Larimie [sic] to St. Louis. Ft. Larimie is situated on Larimie’s fork near … Continue reading

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John Bidwell and the 1864 Republican Convention

On May 27, 1864 John Bidwell arrived in New York City. He had traveled via the Isthmus of Panama from San Francisco to New York; the trip took a little over 3 weeks. He kept a journal with very brief … Continue reading

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May 27-28, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Thursday, 27th: Started late, being detained at repairing the wagons. The day was warm, but the evening mild and pleasant. Encamped in a commodious valley, well-watered by a beautiful little stream which glided smoothly through the … Continue reading

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May 26, 1841

From Bidwell’s Journal: Wednesday, 26th. Two wagons were broke today; about a dozen Pawnees came to our camp, stopped to repair the wagons, having come about 15 miles. A deer was brought in by C. Hopper. Charles Hopper was a … Continue reading

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May 23, 1841

Bidwell’s Journal: Sunday, May 23rd: All the oxen were gone this morning excepting nine. There was considerable complaint among the company, some saying at this slow rate of traveling we would have to winter among the Black Hills, and eat … Continue reading

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May 21, 1841

Friday, 21st. Our oxen left us last night, and it was 9 o’clock before we were all ready to start, passed a considerable stream called Vermillion, a branch of the Kanzas. On its banks were finer timber than we had … Continue reading

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Nancy’s Bookshelf

This bookshelf is not my bookshelf. This Nancy is Nancy Wiegman, interviewer extraordinaire. Back in November Nancy interviewed Steve Ferchaud and myself about our new picture book biography of John and Annie Bidwell, and also a bit about The Miner … Continue reading

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