John App’s April 6, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Saturday April 6, 1850

Stopping Point: City of Keosaequa, Iowa

Approximate Miles Traveled: 25

GPS Latitude: 40° 43.784′ N; Longitude: 91° 57.690′ W

Saturday Evening April 6th – this morning it was Clear  the sun shone, and the roads dried up very fast to day, this day was wors than Yesterday.  it was mud all the time. and often times draged the axle, mules in mud to their Hocks & Bellys often times, ploughing and wallowing Through the mud, I dont think It can be any wors from this on, we are now In Keosaequa Iowa, Travelled 25 miles, took supper with one of Jakes old Friends, I Killed 2 [prairie] P. Chickens this day, there is 25 or 30 Teams in this town waitig to cross the river des moin  they say that there has about 250 Teams Crossed at this ferry on des moin River.  grain and hay is very scarce, Oats 35 c Hay 25 to 50 ct per Hundred, we Have Been very Lucky as Yet always getting what we want at reasonabl Prices, as I told you, when they get a dime out of me, I get value for It certain and shure, take all that I can get Honestly and Keep all that I have got. with all my saving it is very Expensive Traveling

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Diary Entries 4/5/1850 - 4/6/1850

Diary Entries 4/5/1850 - 4/6/1850


DesMoines River east of Keosauqua, Iowa

DesMoines River east of Keosauqua, Iowa


Diary Entries 4/6/1850 - 4/7/1850

Diary Entries 4/6/1850 - 4/7/1850


DesMoines River south of Keosauqua, Iowa

DesMoines River south of Keosauqua, Iowa



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2 Responses to John App’s April 6, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

  1. Jill Kattau says:

    I love the current photos! Oh but wouldn’t John have LOVED having that bridge in place back then!!!

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