John App’s April 8, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Monday April 8, 1850

Stopping Point: About 2 miles before Pulaski, Iowa

Approximate Miles Traveled: 20

GPS Latitude: 40° 41.383′ N; Longitude: 92° 13.982′ W

Elevation: 837 ft.

Notes about this post: Actually about 19 miles from the last camp. Elevation: 808 ft. It’s possible that he camped at what is now Pulaski, Iowa which is 21 miles from the last camp (coordinates: 40° 41.827′ N and 92° 16.362′ W).

Monday Evening April 8th – This morning it was Cloudy, felt very much Like rain, Cleared up, and was fine, Traveled about 20 miles, had Lots of fun and Company  all day after we crossed the des moin.  the road was Lined with Teams, this is a very Hilly Country, up and down Hill all day, several wagons Broke down to day, they are going in all ways and manners, some taking it a foot others packing, I saw several Teams that had 4 Horses and 5 and 6 men to But one wagon, Yesterday I saw a man and his wife and Brother going along with only 2 Horses and an old wagon, from what I have seen already, I think there will be an awfull Time on the plains this season, paid 40 cts per bus for Corn- 25 cts per cwt for Hay this day

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Diary Entries 4/8/1850

Diary Entries 4/8/1850

About 2 miles before Pulaski, Iowa


At Pulaski, Iowa


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