Monthly Archives: October 2016

In California — October 31, 1841

The Bidwell-Bartleson Party had sighted the valley, but were not yet in it the morning of October 31st. When morning came the foremost of the party waited for the others to come up. They had found water in a stagnant … Continue reading

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California at Last! — October 30, 1841

Saturday, 30th. We had gone about 3 miles this morning, when lo! to our great delight, we beheld a wide valley! This we had entirely overlooked between us and the high mountains which terminated our view yesterday. Rivers evidently meandered … Continue reading

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Almost There — October 29, 1841

Friday, 29th. Last night, the Indians stole a couple of our horses. About noon we passed along by several huts, but they were deserted as soon as we came in sight, the Indians running in great consternation into the woods. … Continue reading

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Getting Closer — October 28, 1841

Thursday, 28th. Surely no horses nor mules with less experience than ours could have descended the difficult steeps and defiles which we encountered in this day’s journey. Even as it was, several horses and mules fell from the mountain’s side … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 27, 1841

Wednesday, 27th. It commenced raining about one o’clock this morning and continued till noon — threw away all our old clothes to lighten out packs . . .  I have since learned that the Indians in the mountains here prefer … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 25-26, 1841

Monday, 25th. Went about 6 miles and found it impossible to proceed. Went back about 2 miles and encamped — dug holes in the ground to deposit such things as we could dispense with. Did not do it, discovering the … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 23, 1841

Friday, 23rd. Having no more meat than would last us 3 days [they had just killed their last ox], it was necessary to use all possible exertions to kill game, which was exceedingly scarce. For this purpose I started alone, … Continue reading

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