Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
August 2nd, 1859 -- Ever since we left Rock Spring, we have been travelling in what is called Thousand Spring Valley. 2 miles from our morning camp we come to some alkali springs on the left, and 4 miles further on is the sink of the valley. The water runs both ways into this place, the result is there is plenty of excellent feed, but the water is very poor. Last night the Indians got in amongst some emigrant cattle, killed one cow and wounded four others. The men gave chase in the morning found their wickie-ups, but the Indians had vamoosed, so they burned and destroyed every thing they could find. 2 miles more and we found good water by digging in a dry ditch on the left, and then driving 7 miles we camped in as good feed as we have found on the road, and very good water too, we have mad only 15 miles today.
Travelled 14 miles. Good feed and poor water 7 miles below here. Last knight the Indians killed one ox and wounded 5 others. They found 5 Indians this morning and fired on them. The Indians fled leaving bows and all their trumpetry behind. The emigrants burned all. After the emigrants left they went back to poison the ox dead but the ox was surrounded by Indians and they returned to camp. Fine weather and mountainous country. About 50 teams camped here to knight.
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