John App’s April 1, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Monday April 1, 1850

Stopping Point: 5 miles east of La Harpe, Illinois

Approximate Miles Traveled: 10

GPS Latitude: 40° 34.651′ N; Longitude: 90° 51.950′ W

April 1st – waked up this morning and found it raining very fast and to my astonishment found not a drop of water in the Tent, we slept as dry as if we had been in the Best House, next I Examined the wagon and found all in perfect order {Bought 14½ lbs Ham} But the poor mules had to take it, next we got up a fire in our stove and in a few minutes it was so warm that we had to throw open the door, and let out the heat, we cooked our Breakfast and Eat it with as much comfort as can be Imaginable, nothing to disturb us, only when we went out, we passed off the day in reading writing _____ till noon when it slacked raining then we harnessed our mules pulled up stakes and left, But by the time we got ready to start it began to rain again very fast, I then called on the Old major for the first time, (My Old Great Coat I mean when I say major) and mounted Fan (the saddle mule) and away we went singing Old Langsyne, through the rain, rained all after noon but the Old major kept me dry, we camped 5 miles East of Layharp, Travelled only 10 miles. Every thing is comfortable now Jake is parching Coffee and I think the rain is over, taking this day up one side and down on the other, it was rather wooley I think.

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