Monthly Archives: July 2016

On the Trail — July 30, 1841

Wedding bells on the Oregon Trail! Friday, 30th. Traveled about 5 miles and encamped. Guess what took place; another family was created! Widow Gray, who was sister to Mrs. Kelsey, was married to a man who joined our Company at … Continue reading

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On the Trail — July 26-29

Monday, 26th. Left Green river – moved off in a W. direction – distance 12 miles — encamped on a branch of Green river called Ham’s fork. Land high, dry, and barren, except upon the streams, which afford grass in … Continue reading

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On the Trail — Prices

John Bidwell and friends did some trading when they met with Fraeb’s company of hunters and trappers at the Green River rendezvous. In his journal Bidwell records some of the prices for goods: I will not omit to state the … Continue reading

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On the Trail — July 24-25, 1841

Saturday, 24th. Remained at this encampment and continued our traffic with the hunters. Chiles sold his oxen, 2 yoke, and wagon, another also was left. The hunters, or fur trappers, bought all the alcohol brought by Bartleson and others, as … Continue reading

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On the Trail — July 22-23, 1841

Thursday, 22nd. Descended Big Sandy about 12 miles and stopped where we found plenty of grass — this was very acceptable as our teams were already much jaded for the want of grass. Gray returned this evening having found Trapp’s … Continue reading

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On the Trail — July 16-18, 1841

Friday 16th. Traveled about 10 miles and encamped opposite the Wind River mountains where we were in full view of many lofty peaks glittering with eternal snow and frost under the blaze of a July sun. Sunday, 18th. Left Sweet … Continue reading

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On the Trail — July 15, 1841

John Gray and W.G. Romaine had set out on July 6th to see if there were any fur-trappers camped at Green River, where the trappers usually had their rendezvous at this time of year. They didn’t find anyone, so the … Continue reading

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