Thursday April 25, 1850
Stopping Point: Wolf River camp
Approximate Miles Traveled: 20
GPS Latitude: 39° 48.915′ N; Longitude: 95° 12.127′ W
Elevation: 882 ft
Notes about this post: John crosses the Missouri River on the April 24th, camps, then begins traveling the morning of the 25th. Even though he will be traveling on the California-Oregon Trail, the portion of the trail he is on now is referred to as “The St. Joseph Road”. There is a similar trail coming northwest from Independence, Missouri referred to as “The Independence Trail” which will soon join the St. Joseph Road at a point just west of Marysville, Kansas that marks the official beginning of the Oregon-California Trail.
It is about 350 miles from the river crossing to the next major stopping point, Fort Kearny, Nebraska (today it is pronounced “Carny”, John pronounced it “Kerny”). Along the way it is very difficult to follow John’s actual trail closely. Most roads leading to the actual trail are gravel and only wide enough for one car. A jeep might be a better vehicle, but horseback is probably the best possible way. Since we are in a car, we concentrated on several places along the road where his original trail actually crossed our road.
Rather than speculating where John might have camped (when he did not specifically say) I will try to talk about and show videos of interesting things along the way. Here is John’s very short diary entry for this day:
Left St Joseph April 24 Crossed the River and left, on the 25th in the moring at 8 oclock Travelled about 20 miles