Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 28th, 1859 -- Made one long weary drive of about 12 miles through a perfect fog of dust. This has been a trying day on the cattle owing to the dust and heat. We got to a creek called De Cassure, and crossed it twice through a couple of break-neck places, then travelled up it about 3 miles where we found an abundance of excellent feed. Ben got his wagon-tires all cut and set by a travelling blacksmith, who has been travelling with us for several days. We too had an ox shod, and are now taking matters easy expecting a perfect onslaught from those overgrown mountain mosquitoes which infest these parts.
Travelled 15 miles. From this stream to another, 6 miles. From that to the next, 1½. Then to the creek, we crossed it twice in travelling up it two miles. We are camped for the day.
Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe