John App’s May 23, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Thursday May 23, 1850

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Thursday May 23rd   The weather is fine nights Cool and in the middle of the day Just about warm Enough to make a person sleepy and Lazy, if the weather and roads continue as they are now we will have a pleasant Trip of It, so far it has been very nice indeed, sometimes for a day or two the water would be scarce and we would have to drink mud or go without, But that is nothing, to what they had Last season Cold plenty of mud, and sickness   it is very Healthy this season, or at Least I have heard of But one death, a Boy died with the measels, we are about one month ahead of Last seasons Travail, I saw a Board Yesterday with a mans name on it dated the 4th of July 1849, no wonder they had a warm time of It, I have an Idea that we will have a Cool time of it the trip through, I can see snow now

No video today, but tomorrow’s should be a good one!

Diary entry 5/23/1850

Diary entry 5/23/1850


Diary entries 5/23/1850 - 5/27/1850

Diary entries 5/23/1850 - 5/27/1850



On the way to Independence Rock

On the way to Independence Rock




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