Category Archives: Bidwell-Bartleson Party

August 11-12, 1841 — John and Jimmy’s Big Adventure

I, in company with another man (J. John), went some distance below the camp to fish in the river; fished sometime without success-–concluded we could spend the afternoon more agreeably. The day was uncomfortably warm, could find no place to … Continue reading

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August 11, 1841 — The Parting of the Ways

Wednesday, 11th. Having traveled about 6 miles this morning the Company came to a halt — The Oregon company was now going to leave Bear river for Ft. Hall, which is situated on Lewis river, a branch of the Columbia. … Continue reading

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August 10, 1841 — Soda Springs

Tuesday, 10th. The day was fine and pleasant; a soft and cheerful breeze and the sky bedimmed by smoke brought to mind the tranquil season of autumn. A distance of 10 miles took us to the Soda Fountain, where we … Continue reading

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August 9, 1841

Monday, 9th. Distance 18 miles. Jimmy John tells us a little bit more. 9th. Traveled 16 miles on the bank of the river except in the afternoon we left the river and returned to it at night and camped. Killed … Continue reading

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August 8, 1841

Sunday, 8th. Started about noon and went ten miles; scenery grand. I have never traveled through the Bear River Valley, so I don’t have any pictures of my own. But here are a few gathered from around the web to … Continue reading

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August 7, 1841 — Bear River Valley

John Bidwell waxes poetical in the Bear River Valley: Saturday, 7th. This morning we were obliged to make an inland circuit from the river, the bluffs approaching so near the river as to rend it impossible to continue along its … Continue reading

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August 6, 1841

Friday, 6th. Had a fine road down the valley of the Bear river and made about 25 miles during the day. Found many kinds of wild currants, red, black, yellow, &c., some of which were of excellent quality. John Bidwell … Continue reading

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August 5, 1841

Thursday, 5th. Proceeded down stream about 18 miles. “Downstream” in this case means northward. They are about to cross, or have already crossed, over into Idaho, but of course this was not yet a state. The only reason they know … Continue reading

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August 4, 1841 — Bear River

Wednesday, 4th. Did not travel. Well, that’s succinct. They had just struggled over a high divide to get from the Green River to the Bear River. They had come to a valley with water and grass for the livestock. It … Continue reading

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August 3, 1841

Tuesday, 3rd. Ascended a high divide and passed down by a most difficult route into the valley of the Bear river. The course of this stream was marked out as it wound its way through the vale by the willows … Continue reading

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