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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
May 15th, 1859 -- According to our previous calculations two of the boys, Jacob Vogt, and Henry Mitchker, hitched up their cart and took the back track, and this being Sunday we concluded to lay over, more especially, as it rained all day. There is a large train camped right below us bound too for California; but we are of opinion that they have rather too much loose stock along, for us to join them. We may probably find some teams more to our notions tomorrow, if we do we shall join them forthwith, as we are in rather a dangerous locality at present, being only 15 miles from the Pawnee Village, and immediately on the trail leading south.

We have been in camp all day. It rained the most of the time. Some of the boys were chasing wolves to day but got none. We are camped on the prairie, use slew water and carry our wood one mile. We are twenty-five miles west of Salt Creek.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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