July 11, 1841 — Making Meat

Sunday, 11th [and Monday, 12th.]. More than half the company sallied forth to kill meat, but the whole killed but 6 or 7 buffalo. Remained hunting and drying meat; killed today but 4 or 5 buffalo.

Two days entries in one here. Crossing the plains, Bidwell and his group had seen vast herds of buffalo — thousands and thousands of them. Now an all-day hunt by 30 men or more can hardly find enough for the entire company. Meat on the hoof was running out just at the time they realized how much they would need it.

Jimmy John notes in his journal that they also “found a great many gooseberries and currants here.” That must have been refreshing.

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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