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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
May 31st, 1859 -- As we expected our hunters found their own beds last night. Bukey and Harper arrived at camp about daylight, having travelled all night, and were much annoyed by the wolves hanging on their trail and feeble and pretty well used up for want of food, water and sleep. The other two, H. B. Bellows and Henry Badger did not arrive till noon. They killed a buffalo with my double-barreled smooth bore, 15 miles from the road. They carried about 50 lbs of the meat to where they expected to find us, but lo! we were all of 25 miles ahead, so they gave away their meat and overtook us at noon tired and footsore. I tried hunting myself, saw two deer but didn't get either, and came home in the same plight. We are now camped by Cottonwood Springs, far famed in western literature. This is a spring of excellent water, with only a trading post and a stage station immediately by it. Here is also a new made grave, the man died this spring.

Travelled twenty miles. Gibson and I were a hunting. We saw some antelope and deer. I caught a young wolff this afternoon and swaped it off for four drinks. We are in camp by Cotton Wood Springs there are good water, there are two trading posts here.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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