July 16, 1841

Friday, 16th. Traveled about 10 miles and encamped opposite the Wind River mountains where we were in full view of many lofty peaks glittering with eternal snow and frost under the blaze of a July sun.

The trail may have been tough but the scenery was grand!

Sweetwater River and Wind River Mountains, by Albert Bierstadt?

Sorry I couldn’t find a better copy of this painting. It gives you a good idea of what the Bidwell-Bartleson Party was viewing in western Wyoming.

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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