John App’s June 16, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

Sunday June 16, 1850

Stopping Point: Camped about 45 miles before the Mary’s (Humbolt) River

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Notes about this post: The California-Oregon Trail in this area of the west generally followed the Humboldt River. The river sometimes was first known back then as the Mary’s River, but the name was changing to the Humboldt during the emigration. It is the 4th largest river in the west with no outlet to the ocean. In fact, as large as the river is it eventually dissappears into the ground in the Humboldt Sink. The river valley offers the only natural transportation artery to the west in the Great Basin area.

Saboth June 16th Traveled Camped in the Evening about 45 miles from marys R  very fine day, Traveled that week 175

See video for this day

Diary entries 6/1/1850 - 6/23/1850

Diary entries 6/1/1850 - 6/23/1850

In the desert west of the Great Salt Lake heading toward Elko, Nevada

In the desert west of the Great Salt Lake heading toward Elko, Nevada


In the desert west of the Great Salt Lake heading toward Elko, Nevada

In the desert west of the Great Salt Lake heading toward Elko, Nevada



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