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July 7, 1841 — Sweetwater River

Wednesday, 7th. As we journeyed, the mountains were high and naked; passed a pond that was nearly dried up, perfectly white with Glauber Salts, and in many places two or three inches deep, so that large lumps weighing several pounds … Continue reading

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July 6, 1841 — Independence Rock and Devil’s Gate

Tuesday, 6th. This morning John Gray and Romaine were sent on to Green River to see if there were any trappers at the rendezvous, and then return to the company with the intelligence. All hands were anxious to have their … Continue reading

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July 4, 1841

Sunday, 4th. Pursued our way over hills and dales, scorched with heat; came to a small copse of red willows, from which issued excellent springs of water. Three buffalo killed, distance travelled 22 miles. No one in the group, not … Continue reading

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July 2, 1841 — Losing a Horse

Friday, 2nd. Continued to coast up the N. fork; the bottoms of the river were in many places completely covered with Glauber Salts, so much so that even handfuls could be taken up perfectly white. A man (Mr. Belden) was … Continue reading

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July 1, 1841

July, Thursday, 1st. Spent the day in passing over the river to the north side of it. The water ran very rapidly, and it was with considerable difficulty that we forded it. One mule was drowned, and one waggon upset … Continue reading

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June 30, 1841

Wednesday, 30th. Ascended the N. fork about 16 miles and encamped on it. Buffalo in abundance, killed six. Another average day. The abundance of buffalo is a boon. They will suffer for want of meat when they get beyond the … Continue reading

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June 29, 1841

Tuesday, 29th. Arrived at the N. fork this evening, road good, distance travelled 15 miles. The Bidwell-Bartleson Party and the missionaries are still traveling up the North Platte River in what is now Wyoming. Nothing exciting going on. James John, … Continue reading

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June 21, 1841

Monday, 21st: We had an uncommonly good road today — an abundance of cottonwood timber — traveled late, having taken a stride of 27 miles. Twenty-seven miles is a lot for one day. But the “road” (more like a trail) … Continue reading

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Black Bart in Butte County — 1879

On this date — June 21 — in 1879 the notorious stage robber Black Bart held up a stage coach near Forbestown in Butte County. It was his first robbery in the year 1879 and would be followed by two … Continue reading

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June 19,1841 — Scott’s Bluff

We gradually receded from the river in order to pass through a gap in a range of high hills called Scott’s Bluffs. As we advanced towards these hills, the scenery of the surrounding country became beautifully grand and picturesque–-they were … Continue reading

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