Monthly Archives: July 2020

July 31, 1841 — This Lonesome Part of Creation

Saturday, 31st. Left Ham’s fork this morning. A distance of 14 miles, over an uncommonly hilly road, took us to Black’s fork of Green river, on which we encamped. Here we found a little grass and no wood. The hills, … Continue reading

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July 30, 1841 — “Guess what took place?”

Friday, 30th. Traveled about 5 miles and encamped. Guess what took place; another family was created! Widow Gray, who was a sister to Mrs. Kelsey, was married to a man who joined our Company at Fort Larimie. His right name … Continue reading

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The Fate of the Fraeb Party

Henry Fraeb and his party of about 20 trappers left the rendezvous on the Green River on July 25th. The Fraeb Party headed east, toward Fraeb’s trading post on the Little Snake River, hunting for buffalo. The beaver trade was … Continue reading

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July 27-29, 1841

Tuesday, 27th. Advanced upstream about 12 miles. Wednesday, 28th. do [ditto] do. 12 do. Thursday, 29th. do do. 12 do. Nothing exciting going on here, so Bidwell just “dittos” his entries. They were in the southwest corner of what is … Continue reading

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July 26, 1841

Monday, 26th. Left Green river – moved off in a W. direction – distance 12 miles — encamped on a branch of Green river called Ham’s fork. Land high, dry, and barren, except upon the streams, which afford grass in … Continue reading

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Mountain Prices

John Bidwell recorded some prices in his entry for July 25, 1841. I will not omit to state the prices of several kinds of mountain goods. Powder which is sold by the cupful (pint) is worth $1 per cup. Lead … Continue reading

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July 25, 1841

Sunday, 25th. Left the rendezvous this morning, 6 of the company, viz., John Gray, Peyton, Frye, Rogers, Jones, and Romaine, started to return to the United States. Baker stopped in the mountains to trap; crossed Green river and descended it … Continue reading

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July 24, 1841

Saturday, 24th. Remained at this encampment and continued our traffic with the hunters. Chiles sold his oxen, 2 yoke, and wagon, another also was left. The hunters, or fur trappers, bought all the alcohol brought by Bartleson and others, as … Continue reading

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July 23, 1841 — Mountain Men

Friday, 23rd. Went to Green river — distance 8 miles — spent the remainder of the day trading with the hunters. I don’t imagine John Bartleson had any problem selling the whiskey he brought with him to Fraeb’s hunters.

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July 22, 1841 — The Return of John Grey

Thursday, 22nd. Descended Big Sandy about 12 miles and stopped where we found plenty of grass — this was very acceptable as our teams were already much jaded for the want of grass. Gray returned this evening having found Trapp’s … Continue reading

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