June 20, 1841 — The Gap and Horse Creek

Sunday, 20th. Passed through the Gap — came into an extensive plain, the beautiful scenery gradually receded from view — came to a creek called Horse — passed it, reached the river again — cool and windy — having come about 23 miles.

Here is William Henry Jackson’s depiction of coming “through the Gap” from the western side of Scott’s Bluff.

Scott’s Bluff, by William Henry Jackson. Courtesy of William Henry Jackson Collection, National Park Service

You can see Scott’s Bluff and Horse Creek on this map. They will soon be at Fort Laramie.

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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