John App’s May 24, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

John does not have a diary entry for this day, but there are some interesting things for him to see between Ft. Laramie (Wyoming) and his next stop at Independence Rock (Wyoming).

Just west of Ft. Laramie the trail narrows to a point where wagons must travel single file. It is a rocky area and the thousands of emigrant wagon wheels moving over this place carved deep grooves, or ruts, in the soft rock. The width of the wheel ruts are about the same width as present day railroad track rails. The trail is worn to a depth of four to five feet in some places, creating some of the most spectacular ruts remaining along the entire length of the Oregon-California Trail. The geography of the area dictated that practically every wagon that went west crossed the ridge in exactly the same place, and it is awesome to stand in the very place where these people traveled! Today it is quiet but, if you use your imagination, wagon sounds and oxen can be heard traveling over the trail in this exact spot.

 See video for this day

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Rut sign

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Rut sign

 

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

 

 

 

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

 

 

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

 

 

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

 

 

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

Guernsey, Wyoming California-Oregon Trail Ruts

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One Response to John App’s May 24, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

  1. Jill Kattau says:

    I can’t even imagine!!!!! How did they ever get through that skinny space and drive wagons through that rocky area! It was a miracle!

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