Monthly Archives: March 2011

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 to … Continue reading

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John App’s 1850 gold rush journey along the California-Oregon Trail

John App is a distant relative of mine. In 1833, when John was 12, he moved with his family from the homestead in Selinsgrove, Pensylvania to a farm in Pekin, Illinois (near Peoria). In 1848 gold was discovered in California and by … Continue reading

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