John App’s May 11, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

 Saturday May 11, 1850

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Notes about this post: Just before reaching Ash Hollow was Windlass Hill. The hill marked the entrance from the high table lands to the south into the Ash Hollow area and the North Platte River valley. Wagon ruts are visible on the hill.

May 11  Frost last night, the fist Buffalo I saw, Passed 11 Teams had 2 buffalo chases only 2 rains since we left St Joseph this afternoon the boys were out Hunting Buffaloe- shot at Several, did not Kill any, shot 1 antelope, and the meat is good  very much like Venison

See video for this day

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

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


Diary entries 5/11/1850 - 5/12/1850

Diary entries 5/11/1850 - 5/12/1850


Wide trail ruts at Platt River crossing


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