John App’s April 19, 1850 Gold Rush Diary Entry

Friday April 19, 1850

Stopping Point: About 1 mile above town at St. Joseph, Missouri

Approximate Miles Traveled: 6

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Friday Evening April 19 – waked up this moring Found it Cloudy and Thundering I expect we would have a great storm But soon cleared up, I shaved, shirted, pulled stakes and left for St Joseph, we are now Camped about one mile above Town at a very good place   I saw more Teams and Tents this day than I Ever saw Before at one time,  Every place is crowded, our provisions and grain has not Yet arrived, and am afraid It will detain us, next Thursday I Expect to start for the mountains if our grain Comes __  there is a great rush in St Joseph at this time, gambling of all kinds and Every thing that You Can Imagine, Old Jshabony and his tribe of Indians passed our camp this Evening and are camped about one mile from here, about 60 of them, the only Indians that I have saw on the rout  all pritty drunk- I shall Close this letter now and Before I leave I shall send You one more, I have not received the scratch of a pen as Yet, the first thing I done was to go to the post office, to see if there was any letters  But none-

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