Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 23rd, 1859 -- Got over the river about noon, came pretty near having a fight with some Missourians who attempted to get in before us, we took our stand however and kept it. They no doubt thought it safe to let us alone, and well they did for we were all armed to the teeth and fully determined to take the ferry and do our own crossing should we not get over when our regular turn came. Travelled 8 miles and reached Poison Springs, the last camping place on the Platte. Passed a woman who accidentally got her arm broke.
Travelled twelve miles. We crossed the Platt at 11 o'clock. This is 131 miles above Laramie. There is a ferry 31 miles below here. The bridge is 6 mi below here. We paid 2 doll for each wagon and one yolk of cattle, 50 cents for each additional yolk. There is a bridge commenced 141 miles above Laramie. This is where we leave the Platt. They say the Platt heads nigh 400 miles south west of here.
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