June 29, 1841

Tuesday, 29th. Arrived at the N. fork this evening, road good, distance travelled 15 miles.

The Bidwell-Bartleson Party and the missionaries are still traveling up the North Platte River in what is now Wyoming. Nothing exciting going on.

James John, in his journal for this date, notes that they started late, on account of the cattle straying. He remarks on the different kinds of stone here “some limestone, sandstone, granite, red stone, plaster of paris, white and red sand in some places. They present a beautiful appearance.” So there was time to observe and enjoy the scenery.

Although Bidwell calls this mountain range the “Black Hills” what they are traveling next to is today called the Laramie Mountains.

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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