Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
September 7th, 1859 -- Went down in the morning for the cattle, one of mine so weak he couldn't navigate, sent for some whiskey, poured a pint into him, gave him some meal, and brought him along. What with his weakness and the whiskey he acted as if he really felt two or three sheets in the wind. Come only seven miles, passed the bridge on the South Fork, Brockliss Bridge I believe, fare $1.00, heavy grade up from the river camped. Camping place called Fish Pond at the foot of Junction Hill, very long and steep. Hay 3½c per lb. McKenzie left us at Brockliss Bridge and went to work on Silver Creek, somewhere in that vicinity.
Travelled 8 miles. Our cattle are very weak. We worked but one yolk to day. We got some whisky for the cattle and drank it ourselves. It is the first I have had for a long time. McKinsy left to day to work on a ditch where the South Fork is bridged.
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