John App’s May 9, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Thursday May 9, 1850

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Note about this post: John has just crossed the Platt River (from the south side to the north side) in western Nebraska. This is a view of the marker and the wide trail ruts as they head in a nort-westerly direction.

9th May – Rained last night for the first time,

See video for this day

Diary entries 4/27/1850 - 5/11/1850

Diary entries 4/27/1850 - 5/11/1850


Platt River crossing marker

Platt River crossing marker


Wide trail ruts at Platt River crossing

Wide trail ruts at Platt River crossing


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I am an Elkhart, Indiana native and became interested in applying video to history when consumer video cameras were first introduced on the market in the late 1970’s. My production company, Stories Retold, specializes in preserving oral history, traditions, and values with video. Primarily interviewing individuals, I sometimes document families, and on occasion document an entire community. My niche is developing a personal relationship with clients which helps me to tell their story just the way they would like to have it told. Everyone has a story worth preserving, and I enjoy discovering interesting stories from people with whom I come into contact on a daily basis. In years to come, these videos will be priceless as they portray original stories complete with visual images and actual voices filled with all the primary material and emotion that was intended to be. I gain a strong sense of personal satisfaction with each completed project whether it involves an individual or an entire community.
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