John App’s April 17, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Wednesday April 17, 1850

Stopping Point: Near King City, Missouri

Approximate Miles Traveled: 20

GPS Latitude: 40° 08.357′ N; Longitude: 94° 31.237′ W

Elevation: 1030 ft.

Wednesday Evening Apr 17th – waked up this moring and had the Headache very Bad, it Lasted till this Evening, It was Cloudy and Cold all day we Traveled about 20 miles this day, we paid one dollar for 1 Bushel of Corn  the most that we have paid previous to this was 50 cts per Bushel, I am stoping this Evening with a farmer, as I was unwell I thought I would recruit But I mised the mark  all we had for supper was side meat fried, a real old Fashioned dodger and some Coffee, without sugar or milk, a hard Old place, the Old man is now stirng the Chunks while I am writing, little does he Know what I am writing now or perhaps he would put water on It, Jake is Camped about a 1/4 of a mile from this place, with the rest of the Boys are helping him so that we have Friend where Ever we go,

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Near King City, Missouri

Near King City, Missouri

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