John App’s May 19, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday May 19, 1850

Route: Left Ft. Laramie (Wyoming) in the afternoon

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Notes about this post: This entry was probably made on May 22, 1850. Also, he mentions the “St. Louis Passenger Train”, which was not a train that ran on tracks. It was a stagecoach line that shuttled between St. Louis (back in the “states”) and the western territory carrying mail among other things. In the picture (below) of the sutler’s store, the left portion of the building existed in 1850 when John visited there, but the right portion wasn’t added until 1852. John did his trading in the left portion.

Left Ft Larama May 19 in the afternoon  went __ miles and camped, I saw snow when I was at the Fort on the Larama peak a distance of 45 miles, Ft Larama is a rather pritty Place, situated on the Banks of Larama River  a nice Level valey with a Chain of Bluffs on Both sides, their is only 3 Companies of soldirs here now, their is one Store, and the way they sell goods is a Caution  I stoped in and Bought a fish line, such as costs about 4 cts, paid 30 for it, a Tooth Brush that cost about 6 c the price was 50 c and no Jewing, it is a one priced store, a Tin Bucket that Cost 45 or 50 ct  two and a half dollars, Every thing Els in proportion, what uncle Sam has to sell is very Reasonable, Flour 11 1/2 cts per lb Crackers 14 ct ___, Buffaloe meat Fresh 6 cts per lb, Baked Bread Fresh 11 1/2 cts per lb  the Freight from the River is 9 cts p lb to this place so they dont make much  they aim to sell at Cost, so the Commissary told me we got some Fresh Buffalo meat and Fresh Bread then. we had fine liveing for a few days, Game has been very scarce so far, Liquor Beats ale for Prices, one of the Peoria Boys sold 1 gall of Brandy pritty well watered for 12 dollars  whiskey is selling by the small at 1 dollar pr pint, Brandy at 2 dollars pr pint, If I had to make this trip over again I would Know what to bring and How to fix, Yet we are as well fixed or rather Better than any on the road, If I had one Bbl of Brandy I Could make 500 dollars out of it Easy, Last Friday we passed the St Louis, Pasenger Train they sold 2 of their spring Carriages at the Fort for 20 dollars, their Horses & mules are very Poor, and some of the Passengers wish they had died Before they started, they left the Missourie River Before we did, they will have as hard or rather harder time than last season, Because their is no Chance for Recruiting, the Grass is so short, and the Emigration so great that nearly Every space is swept Clean, and the last will have to take it, we have grain Enough to take us over the Mountains I think the grass is getting much Better

See video for this day

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

Diary entry 5/22/1850

 

Ft. Laramie Sutler's Store

Ft. Laramie Sutler's Store

 

 

Ft. Laramie looking west

Ft. Laramie looking west

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