Monthly Archives: June 2016

Food on the Trail: June 24-30

When I talk to 3rd and 4th grade classes about John Bidwell, I usually start with his westward journey. I show them a picture of a small ox-drawn wagon, the kind he would have taken, and ask them what they … Continue reading

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On the Trail with John Bidwell: June 21, 1841

Monday, 21st: We had an uncommonly good road today — an abundance of cottonwood timber — traveled late, having taken a stride of 27 miles. Tuesday, 22nd:  Eight miles this morning took us to Fort Larimie, which is on Larimie’s … Continue reading

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On the Trail with John Bidwell: June 19, 1841

We gradually receded from the river in order to pass through a gap in a range of high hills called Scott’s Bluffs. As we advanced towards these hills, the scenery of the surrounding country became beautifully grand and picturesque–they were … Continue reading

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June 17, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Thursday 17th. Continued to coast along up the river — encamped on its banks nearly opposite to a huge isolated bluff bearing some resemblance to an immense castle in  ruins. Its distance from us no one … Continue reading

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June 13, 1841 – A Death on the Prairie

Sunday, 13th. A mournful accident occurred in the camp this morning–a young man by the name of Shotwell while in the act of taking a gun out of the wagon, drew it with the muzzle towards him in such a … Continue reading

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June 10 & 11, 1841

Thursday, 10th.  This morning the most of the oxen were again at large, owing to the neglect of the owners to the great danger of losing them by the Indians and by their mingling with buffalo, or  by straying so … Continue reading

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June 8, 1841

From John Bidwell’s Journal: Tuesday, 8th. There were 8 or 10 buffalo killed today; but not one-tenth of the meat was used; the rest was left to waste upon the prairie. In the afternoon we passed the confluence of the … Continue reading

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