John App’s April 18, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Thursday April 18, 1850

Thursday April 18, 1850

Stopping Point: About 6 miles above town at St. Joseph, Missouri

Approximate Miles Traveled: 20

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Thursday Eveg Apr 18th – waked up this moring Sound and Clear  had a good Bed and felt fine, paid my Bill which was Only 12 1/2 cts and Left for the Camp ground, the Boys were all very glad to see me Come, this day was Cloudy and is now Threating rain. Jake Hurt his leg to day, By Letting the wagon wheel run over it But nothing very serious  he is a little Lame this Evening  Travelled about 20 miles and are now about __ miles from St Joseph, there is about 40 wagons in Camp this Evening  Paid 50 cts per Bus for 4 Bush Corn this day I Expect that will do us with what oats we have at St Joseph if it has arrived.

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