John App’s April 2, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Tuesday April 2, 1850

Stopping Point: City of Fort Madison, Iowa

Approximate Miles Traveled: 25

GPS Latitude: 40° 37.749′ N; Longitude: 91° 18.714′ W

Tuesday April 2d – This morning we found It clear, fed our mules, got our Breakfast Harnessed our mules pulled up stakes, and Left, supposing the rain to over with, we got along fine till about 11 oclock then it Began to rain again like Fury, I Immediately Called on the old major, (as I had him on the top of the wagon drying out yesterdays rain) got him on my Back, and I on the mule, and away we went, rained all afternoon, But as we set our stakes this morning to be in Fort Madison Iowa, this Evening we pushed ahead and stoped for nothing, and are now Camped in the City of Fort Madison.  we had not much Trouble in Crossing the Ferry, we come about 25 miles this day,  to day was much wors than Yesterday muddyer, and rained Faster, pitched our Tent after dark and as soon as we got our Tent up then we were at home again, all things are done up now, and ready to go to roost, it has Just stoped raining

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Diary Entry 4/2/1850

Diary Entry 4/2/1850



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