John App’s April 4, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Thursday April 4, 1850

Stopping Point: City of Fort Madison, Iowa

Approximate Miles Traveled: 0 (did not travel this day)

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

Thursday Evenig April 4th – waked up this moring  found it Cloudy and raining.  rained all day pritty much we Expected to start this moring, But their was no getting away until it stoped raining- Therefore we Concluded as we wer doing so well, to stop one more day.  this day went off rather Better than Yesterday Clarissa favoured us with several good tunes on the piana, she plays very well, is now taking lessons from an Eccellent Teacher, we chatted and talked about Every thing that was going on in Pekin, so that we Killed Time very fast, this Evening I amused the girls and the old Lady By giveing them drawings of our first Encampment and our misfortune the time the Hoggs ran off with our grub & I will also give You a few of them if I have time. good night- –

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Dr. William Rinehart, 1858 with grandson.
Dr. William Rinehart, 1858 with grandson.

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2 Responses to John App’s April 4, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

  1. Pat Hillman says:

    Hi, Larry,

    I have been enjoying these everyday, but couldn’t figure out how to use the comment box. I can’t believe what kind of consistent effort it took to get this all together. Thanks so much for doing it!



    • Thank you Pat! It looks like you have figured out how to use the “comment box” afterall, and I’m glad you are enjoying the posts.

      It’s neat to be able to follow John App each day to get a sense of how long it took him to travel. Because of the GPS coordinates it is possible for anyone to drive the entire trip from Pekin, Illinois to Sacramento, California.


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