John App’s April 16, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Tuesday April 16, 1850

Stopping Point: Near Stanberry, Missouri

Approximate Miles Traveled: 10

GPS Latitude: 40° 14.487′ N; Longitude: 94° 29.087′ W

Elevation: 863 ft.

Notes about this post: Crossing of the Grand River further south of yesterday’s crossing.

Tuesday Evening April 16th – waked up this morning and found it Cloudy, Cooked our grub, Hooked up our mules and started, went about 2 miles and then Commenced raining, rained all day and very Cold, this is the most disagreeable day we have had since we left Home, Travelled about 10 miles to day and stoped a meeting House with stabling Enough for all our mules & Horses, about 30 Head or more, we were very Lucky in getting to so good a stopping place as this, Corn is selling at one dollar per Bushel to some of the Boys, some of our Boys went 3 miles and paid one dollar per Bushel for Corn and 50 cts per bag for oats in the sheaf, this has Been a lively day since we got in the Church  4 stoves a going and Choping the old Benches into fire wood for the stove, The stables are Better than the House- this Evening we Had a regular shin Brake in the old Church- danced Cotillions, waltzed, and raised old Ned, we have a Jolly Crowd.  All strangers to me But first rate fellows,

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Near Stanberry, Missouri


Near Stanberry, Missouri


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