May 29, 1841

Saturday, 29th. We again started about sunrise and travelled not less than 2 miles. One antelope was killed — saw several elk.

They haven’t yet come across herds of buffalo, but other game is plentiful and augments their diet of bacon, beans, and biscuit.

Pronghorn antelope

About nancyleek

Nancy is a retired librarian who lives in Chico, California. She is the author of John Bidwell: The Adventurous Life of a California Pioneer.
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2 Responses to May 29, 1841

  1. Tim Zimmer says:

    How did he estimate the distance they travelled each day?

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  2. nancyleek says:

    That’s a very good question. Neither Bidwell or anyone else ever mentions an odometer, but they may have had one — Benjamin Franklin invented one in 1775 when he was postmaster.

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