Category Archives: John Bartleson

What Ever Became of John Bartleson?

The first emigrant train to California has been called the Bartleson Party, the Bartleson-Bidwell Party, and the Bidwell-Bartleson Party, after its captain, John Bartleson, and its most prominent member, John Bidwell. Bidwell rose to fame and influence in California, but … Continue reading

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October 14, 1841

I’ll be signing books at the Chico Library Fall Festival this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. If anyone would like a copy of either John Bidwell or my new book The Miner Poet, or if you just want … Continue reading

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November 1, 1841

“November. Monday, 1st. The Company tarried to kill game; an abundance of wild fowl and 13 deer and antelopes were brought in. My breakfast, this morning, formed a striking contrast with that of yesterday which was the lights of a … Continue reading

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October 16, 1841

“Saturday, 16th.  This morning 4 or 5 men started to ascend several of the high peaks to ascertain if it was possible to pass the mountains. Just as they were going to start Capt. B. came up. He was in … Continue reading

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October 7, 1841

“Now we have been found fault with long enough, and we are going to California. If you can keep up with us, all right; if you cannot, you may go to hell!” Captain John Bartleson’s words still rang in John … Continue reading

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October 5-6, 1841

“Tuesday, 5th.  Today was very warm, and the oxen were not able to keep up with the horses. Traveled about 30 miles and stopped on the river about dark–grass plenty, willows–this going so fast was the fault of Capt. B., … Continue reading

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