Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 13th, 1859 -- This is the hottest day we have yet had, roads confoundedly dry and dusty, passed a small deep creek about six feet wide with a toll-bridge where they charge 25c per team, we crossed however below the bridge, and rather than be imposed upon in such a manner, we would have take our shovels and filled it up in less than half an hour, and so have crossed on dry land, it always makes me mad to see such efforts made to gouge the hard up travelling emigrant. Horse Creek comes next wide and shallow but clear and pretty, any amount of cattle laying dead, all swelled up, supposed to be killed by alkali. Passed three Indian villages, and several excellent springs. Sighted Laramie's Peak, covered with snow, contrasting strongly with the suffocating heat we have endured all day.
Travelled about twenty four miles. We passed three trading posts. We crossed Hoarse Creek, it being thirty five miles below Laramie. It is quite a stream, some five rods wide. We passed several Indian encampments to day.
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