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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 27th, 1859 -- The ox is better this morning, leaving the sink of Deep Creek, we reached Pilot Springs after a drive of 10 miles, here we watered ourselves and cattle, one of the latter got mired down, and we had to pull him out with ropes. After proceeding about 3 miles further we found a few blades of grass for our cattle, and took dinner ourselves. The old road used to run considerably to the left, passing some springs on the mountains, but the road is rougher and a good deal further. After dinner a few of us went ahead of the teams hunting for water to drink, and found a good spring at the end of 10 miles -- you bet I laid in a good belly-full of it. A brother of Charles Jenkins who lives west of Marengo passed us here in company with other ten men packing it through to California with mules and ponies. Two miles further and we pitch camp at Stony Creek, with plenty of snow in sight. Our cattle are pretty tired, the day has been warm and the road dusty. There are ten wagons in all camped here.

Travelled 25 miles. 12 miles the forenoon and 13 in the afternoon to water. We are encamped on a fine creek. Since leaving the valley we have been travelling through a mountainous country. The mountains are not chained together. Flats are scattered all through them. This causes water to be scarce. We have had good roads. Some of these mountains have snow on [them].

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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