Monthly Archives: September 2016

Hail Columbia!

Although John Bidwell was a steadfast Democrat in the 1850s, he did not always vote the party ticket. In the 1851 contest for governor, he supported the Whig candidate, his friend Pierson B. Reading (who founded the town of Redding), … Continue reading

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Bidwell the Democrat

John Bidwell told his biographer Rockwell Hunt that during his early years in California he was an “incorrigible Democrat.” As a young man from Missouri, he naturally allied himself with the party of Andrew Jackson.  The Democrats were the party … Continue reading

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Politics and John Bidwell

It’s an election year again and the day to cast your vote for president (and other offices) is just around the corner. The two major parties have put forth their candidates and many people are not happy with the choices … Continue reading

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On the Trail — September 25, 1841

Saturday, 25th. The creek became perfectly dry and its banks rose to high perpendicular precipices, so that there was no other road than the dry bed of the stream. Having come about 15 miles, we encamped in a place affording … Continue reading

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On the Trail — September 23-24, 1841

Thursday, 23d. We could see no termination of the valley, nore any signs of Mary’s river. We therefore concluded that we were too far south, and passed over the mouintains to the north, where we struck a small stream running … Continue reading

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On the Trail — September 22, 1841

Wednesday, 22nd.  This morning 80 or 90 Indians were seen coming full speed from the W. Many had horses–one was sent about a half a mile in advance from the rest–so we ought also to have done, but Capt. B. … Continue reading

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On the Trail — September 21, 1841

Once Bidwell had rejoined his companions, they rested up for a day. Then on the 20th they traveled through some rough terrain — the Ruby Mountains — still looking for Mary’s River, as the Humboldt was then known. Two of … Continue reading

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