Monthly Archives: October 2016

On the Trail — October 21, 1841

Wednesday, 21st. Our route today was much better than expected, though in any other place than the mountains it would be considered horrible. Capt. B. with his 7 or 8 overtook us, but we heard nothing of J. John. Distance … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 20, 1841

Wednesday, 20th. Men went in different directions to see if there was any possibility of extracting ourselves from this place without going back. They returned and reported that it was utterly impossible to go down the creek. One young man … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 18-19, 1841

Fortunately for the Bidwell-Bartleson Party, the winter storms had not yet come to the Sierra Nevada mountains. (The Donner-Reed Party was not so lucky.) Even so, it was a struggle. Monday, 18th. Having ascended a about half a mile, a … Continue reading

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October 18th — California Admission Day

Wait a minute I hear you say, isn’t September 9th California Admission Day? Yes it is. California officially became part of the Union on September 9th, 1850, when President Millard Fillmore signed the admission bill. The population of California had … Continue reading

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On the Trail — October 15-16, 1841

Friday, 15th. Advanced upstream about 12 miles and arrived at the base of very high mountains. The creek had become a small spring branch, and took its rise at no great distance in the mountains. But we saw plainly it … Continue reading

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The Know-Nothings in California

The Know-Nothing Party got its start in New York in the 1840s. The movement spread to other states and in 1845 nativist groups united as the Native American Party. (Nothing to do with what we now call Native Americans, of … Continue reading

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On the Trail — Oct. 9-11

October 9th found the emigrants following the trail of Captain Bartleson, who had abandoned the company and rode on ahead. They trudged through sand hills and came to a swamp, the water of which was “very nauseous.” They had reached … Continue reading

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