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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
August 28th, 1859 -- Followed the river some three miles and then explored another desert about eight miles in width, heavy pulling all the way, rested about two hours, and then travelled three or four miles and then camped. We find portable trading posts strung regularly all along the road, ostensibly endeavoring to buy cattle but quite unwilling to pay anything for them. Immense numbers of cattle die here, after having apparently overcome every difficultly they either get their death-wound on the Humboldt or the dry feed on the Carson proves too strong for them after previous privations.

Travelled 14 miles. We crossed 8 miles of sand this forenoon. This river sinks 15 miles below Ragtown. Considerable of dead stalk along here.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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