Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
May 30th, 1859 -- Six weeks today since we left home, and we are now nearly 600 miles on our way, travelling over good, hard, smooth and level roads, winding and twisting through patches of alkali. The same as it has been for several days. We are having both a rarity and a variety for our meals: catfish, pigeons, and a splendid antelope that Kay killed. He and Wallace Hamilton packed it to the wagons at least six miles. Four more of the boys are out hunting and have not yet returned, and it is now dark. No doubt of it they must pass the night out.
Travelled eighteen miles. Key shot an antelope, he and Hamilton packed it six miles. The Bellows boys shot a buffalo, they were out all knight.
Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe