John App’s April 7, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday April 7, 1850

Stopping Point: About 3/4 mile south of Keosaequa, Iowa across the DesMoine River

Approximate Miles Traveled: 1

GPS Latitude: 40° 43.062′ N; Longitude: 91° 57.023′ W

Saboth Evening April 7th – Last night we slept in the wagon for the first time; Did not sleep so comfortable as in the Tent; Previous to this, Took our grub with Jakes old Friend, Mr Shepherd this morning. then made for the Ferry, Crossed about 10 oclock  Traveled about 3/4 mile then stoped and piched our Tent, Fixed our mules, I then put some water on the stove, and Commencd washing, I washed six shirts, 2 pr trawsers, 3 pr socks, 2 Hdkfs, 2 Towels, making 15 pieces and done it first rate, streched our Cards, Hung out all our Clothes, and aired Every thing, greased our wagon, and now Every thing is in order to start in the morning, all Clean and nice, I was very Busy this day, in fixing up things, therefore passed off the day very well, thought of Home several times But still not Homesick Yet, We have Been rather Lonesome since we left haveing no Company as yet. We Camped alone Every night since we left Home accept this Evening this Evening we have some company

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

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



Diary Entry 4/7/1850

Diary Entry 4/7/1850



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