Saturday April 27, 1850
Stopping Point: Just west of present day Hiawatha, Kansas
Approximate Miles Traveled:
GPS Latitude: 39° 50.554′ N; Longitude: 95° 33.803′ W
Elevation: 1155 ft
Notes about this post: John is on the “St. Joseph Road” about halfway to where it joins with the “Independence Trail” just west of Marysville, Kansas. That is the point where the California-Oregon Trail officially begins.
John’s next diary entry will not be until May 6th, but I will try to post something interesting for you in between entries.
we had the first stampede April 27 in the Evening when we were putting out the guard ther was a tremedous snorting and fuss among the mules and ___ all at once they Broke (they were staked out) pulling up their stakes snorted and a general rush for the wagons, a regular stampede, the fright was Caused by a wolf I suppose as ther was tracks of that Kind seen next moring, it Caused great alarm in the Camp and I about think ther was 2 guns Loaded at the time But since, Every gun is Loaded and in order, so that we were Learned a good lesson and put on our guard, there is only 19 of us in Company-