Category Archives: Bidwell-Bartleson Party

On the Trail — July 5, 1941

Monday, 5th. The hills continued to increase in height. After travelling 16 miles we encamped at a noted place called Independence Rock. This is a huge isolated rock covering an area, perhaps half a square mile, and rising in shape … Continue reading

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Wagons West

The Chico Enterprise-Record today published a full-page color feature marking the 175th anniversary of the “first organized wagon train that left Missouri for California.” I can’t find it on the E-R webpage, but you can find it at the Orange … Continue reading

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On the Trail Again

Last year I followed the Bidwell-Bartleson Party day by day as they crossed the continent from Missouri to California. If you are interested in their journey, check my past blog entries for May through November 2011.  John Bidwell kept a … Continue reading

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More about “Lord” Romaine

I’ve got to hand it to Google, and Google Books– they certainly make research easy. A little digging online, and I learned quite a bit about one of the most interesting members of the 1841 band of trekkers. “Cheyenne” Dawson, … Continue reading

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May 31, 1841

Monday, 31st. This morning about 10 o’clock we met six wagons with 18 men, with fur and robes on their way from Ft. Larimie [sic] to St. Louis. Ft. Larimie is situated on Larimie’s fork near its junction with the … Continue reading

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May 21, 1841

“Friday, 21st. Our oxen left us last night, and it was 9 o’clock before we were all ready to start, passed a considerable stream called Vermillion, a branch of the Kanzas. On its banks were finer timber than we had … Continue reading

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