John App’s May 15, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Wednesday May 15, 1850

Stopping Point: 65 miles beforeFt.Laramie(Wyoming)

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Notes about this post: Chimney Rock was probably the most notable landmark along the California-Oregon Trail. It was written about almost universally by the emigrants (except John) in their diaries. The spire rose much higher in those days than it does today… part of it has broken off since then. Many emigrants tried to climb to the top, but none ever got higher than its base. John’s next entry will be posted on May 22 when he leaves Fort Laramie, although I will try to have a posting in between now and then.

we are now about 65 miles from Ft Larama, and about one Thousand miles from Home, we left Ft Kerny on the 6th May about noon and on Saturday about non we will be in Ft Larama, the reason why I am now writing is, we Expect the Express along today or Tomorrow

See video for this day

Diary entries 5/12/1850 - 5/15/1850

Diary entries 5/12/1850 - 5/15/1850


Chimney Rock (Nebraska) sign

Chimney Rock (Nebraska) sign




Chimney Rock (Nebraska) from a distance

Chimney Rock (Nebraska) from a distance



Chimney Rock (Nebraska)

Chimney Rock (Nebraska)



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