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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
June 3rd & 4th, 1859 -- Roads dusty, dry hard and gravelly, sore on cattles' feet. Nothing of importance transpired, save passing another small Indian village, where we saw a lot of splendid ponies, and according to previous calculation we reached the crossing of the South Platte in time to cross which we accordingly did all safe. We raised our wagon-beds about six inches and kept everything dry. We found the crossing very disagreeable however, owing to the shifting of the quicksand, and having to quarter downstream our teams were kept at a hard pull for over a mile, but it is all over now, and we consequently feel pretty much at our ease until we reach the crossing of the North Platte.

Travelled twenty miles. Some of the boys were hunting.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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