Monthly Archives: March 2011

John App’s March 31, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday March 31, 1850 Stopping Point: 5 miles west of Macomb, Illinois Approximate Miles Traveled: 0 (did not travel this day) GPS Latitude: 40° 26.484′ N; Longitude: 90° 48.047′ W Introduction to this post: Generally, pioneers rested on the sabbath … Continue reading

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John App’s March 30, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Saturday March 30, 1850 Stopping Point: 5 miles west of Macomb, Illinois Approximate Miles Traveled: 35 GPS Latitude: 40° 26.484′ N; Longitude: 90° 48.047′ W Introduction to this post: About 1835 the term “seeing the elephant” became popular in this … Continue reading

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John App’s March 29, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Friday March 29, 1850 Stopping Point: At Burnedott, Illinois Approximate Miles Traveled: 20 GPS Latitude: 40° 24.206′ N; Longitude: 90° 19.232′ W March the 29 – Last Knight we slept on the ground was rather an unpleasant Knight Cloudy Threatening … Continue reading

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John App’s March 28, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Thursday March 28, 1850 Stopping Point: 1 mile west of Canton, Illinois Approximate Miles Traveled: 15 GPS Latitude: 40° 33.495′ N; Longitude: 90° 02.897′ W March 28 – we Camped for the first time 1 mile west of Canton, had … Continue reading

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John App’s March 27, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

(* Note: in the following posts, all of the text and spelling is John’s. Undecipherable words are designated with underscores where the words should be, and brackets [ ] are used ocassionally to clarify something) Wednesday, March 27, 1850 Stopping … Continue reading

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John App gathers his supplies and provisions

Beginning in early February, 1850 (at age 29) John App started accumulating the supplies and provisions he knew were necessary for him to successfully complete the journey to California. All pioneers destined for California or Oregon who travelled along the California-Oregon … Continue reading

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John App begins preparing for the trip West in 1850

Always one to be fully prepared, John App began organizing his provisions and supplies in February of 1850 but he wouldn’t begin the journey west until Wednesday, March 27, 1850. The gold rush was underway and he felt a need … Continue reading

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