John App’s May 12, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday May 12, 1850

Stopping Point: Camped near an Indian village

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Elevation: 4,050 feet

Notes about this post: Courthouse Rock (left) and Jail Rock (right) in western Nebraska were the first really unusual geologic formations to be seen by emigrants who had never seen a mountain or even a bluff. The next posting will be May 15th at Chimney Rock.

Saboth, May the 12th.  this day I saw about 40 soux Indians in one Tribe and about 150 in the other  the only Indians I saw since we left ther mission 30 miles this side of St Joseph- the darndest Beggars I Ever saw  our mules were very much Frightened  when we got in their town Turned short about and made for the brush as if the old scratch was after them, did not Break anything, I sold ” gall of Brandy, for 1 good Buffaloe Robe and one dollar in Cash, so I made the Robe Clear.  we made the Indians Presants of something to, Eat, Clothing for are use of the grass and meat as they Claim all, I had the H _____ ____ ____ ____ the Great the Indian Chief of the Souxs they number ninety Thousand in the Hole Tribe, they are scattered all along the road- But Friendly, we have some fun with them sometimes, Yet ther is some of them that will steal, and if they catch 2 or 3 from the road they will scalp them, for their, Guns & Horses, I have only heard of 2 that were run about 6 mile in camp,  the 2 men were out Hunting and Killed a Buffaloe, the Indians came across them and Chased them from their meat and drove them in camp, they dont like to have their Game killed off.

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