Monthly Archives: June 2020

Black Bart in Butte County — 1879

On this date — June 21 — in 1879 the notorious stage robber Black Bart held up a stage coach near Forbestown in Butte County. It was his first robbery in the year 1879 and would be followed by two … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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June 19,1841 — Scott’s Bluff

We gradually receded from the river in order to pass through a gap in a range of high hills called Scott’s Bluffs. As we advanced towards these hills, the scenery of the surrounding country became beautifully grand and picturesque–-they were … Continue reading

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June 18, 1841 — Chimney Rock

Friday 18th: At about 12 o’clock today we passed another object, still more singular and interesting. It is called by the mountaineers the Chimney, from its resemblance to that object, and is composed of clay and sand so compact as … Continue reading

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June 17, 1841 — Courthouse Rock

Thursday 17th. Continued to coast along up the river — encamped on its banks nearly opposite to a huge isolated bluff bearing some resemblance to an immense castle in  ruins. Its distance from us no one supposed more than 1 … Continue reading

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June 16, 1841

Wednesday, 16th. Several wild horses were seen on the opposite side of the river. Advanced about 20 miles; encamped on the river, opposite to high and uneven bluffs, bearing considerable forests of pine. Here are the bluffs as I saw … Continue reading

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June 15, 1841

Tuesday, 15th. There was so sudden a change from cool to cold that we were not comfortable in our best apparel. I do not remember that I ever have experienced weather so cold at this season of the year — … Continue reading

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June 14, 1841

Monday, 14th. The day was so cool and rainy we did not travel. Briefest entry in the journal.

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June 13, 1841 — Death on the Prairie

Sunday, 13th. A mournful accident occurred in the camp this morning–a young man by the name of Shotwell while in the act of taking a gun out of the wagon, drew it with the muzzle towards him in such a … Continue reading

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June 12, 1841 — Ash Hollow

Saturday, 12th. Left the S. fork, and after a march of 12 miles found ourselves on the N. fork. In the afternoon passed a small ash grove of about 23 trees — timber is so scarce that such a grove … Continue reading

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