September 10, 1841 — Without Water

Friday, 10th. Traveled about 15 miles and encamped without water.

No grass for the animals either. This is not good.

Since they had met up with their scouts Bartleson and Hopper the day before, they felt that they had no more need for their Indian guides, and they let them go. Jimmy John said, “This morning the Indians were dismissed and we gave them some powder and lead balls which appeared to satisfy them for their service.”

This photo from the Science Views website about the Bidwell-Bartleson Party journey in Utah, shows the area where they camped without water.

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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