Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 14th, 1859 -- Dry and dusty, saw more dead cattle today than we have seen on the trip. Passed any amount of Indian lodges, reached and crossed Laramie's Fork on a toll-bridge, $2.50 per team.
Went into Fort Laramie Reserve, 3 miles square, quite a pleasant place, houses comfortable, nicely whitewashed and cleanly looking. We are not 3 mile beyond the Fort, no one being permitted to camp inside the Reserve.
Travelled some twenty miles. We crossed Laramie River one mile below Laramie on a bridge, charge two fifty per team. There is another just opposite Laramie. The government has a ferry across North Platt. Laramie is distant from the Platt about two miles. Laramie is nicely situated in the fork of the two rivers. It contains some twenty comfortable houses for about forty miles below this the islands are covered with small cotton wood trees. It appears the gnat and mosquitoe are not so abundant here as below.
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