The Oregon-California Trails Association has just put out a new “This Day in History” video honoring “John Bidwell, Sapling Grove, and the Bidwell-Bartleson Party.”
It’s a nice little video, about 5 minutes long. Worth your time.
One note on the date: May 12 is about the date Bidwell and a few others arrived at Sapling Grove, which was supposed to be the rendezvous point. They moved on to the Kansas River and did not officially organize themselves, partner with the missionaries, and hit the trail until May 19th. That is the date when Bidwell’s journal begins.