John App’s April 5, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Friday April 5, 1850

Stopping Point: Camped in the prairie about 20 miles west of Ft. Madison, Iowa

Approximate Miles Traveled: 20

GPS Latitude: 40° 38.331′ N; Longitude: 91° 35.463′ W

Friday Evening Apr 5 – waked up rather Late this morig  Looked out of the window and found it Cloudy as before, But I was determined to start this day; for I began to think if I did not start soon I would not get to St Joseph this season, saying nothing about California  Traveled about 20 miles this day and camped in the Prarie, rain and sunshine all day, It was awful muddy Hub deep at a great many places- the meanest road that I Ever Travelled- If we had our full Load In we could not get along  But as it is. we get along first rate, I cannot forget Mrs Rhinehart.  she seemed to take so much Interest In our welfare, done Every thing to make us Comfortable, In short she was a mother to us, She mad us a present of a Bottle of Horse Raddish (½ gall), done up fine, she thought we had not Bed Clothes Enough, Therefore gave us a very heavy Comfort, and a good many other little presents, in short could not do enough for us,

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