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

Sunday June 23, 1850

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Notes about this post: This post is the last entry made in John App’s diary. He is near present day Elko, Nevada. Why did he stop writing? Maybe there was no more space in this diary and be began writing in another book that we do not have. Don’t be discouraged, though, because we know he made it to California, led a good life, married Leanna Donner, and discovered a gold mine near present day Jamestown, California. Follow the posts in the next few days to discover how his route to the Jamestown area, and experiences along the way, have been reconstructed (to the best of our ability at this point).

June 23d the Saboth we Traveled Because we had been detained in Crossing the headwaters of marys R, the first Introduction we had to the Elephant was on Raft R, to see men hauling and draging their wagons and mules through the swamps and sloughs about 1/2 mile going it with a long Rope in their shirt tails, I’m about down getting Cold, and nothing to Eat since morning, we Camped and in the moring looked around and found a good place to cross the head without any trouble, so it goes.  Men make them selves sometimes trouble when their is no use in it, rush ahead without looking where they go until they get in so deep that they cannot back out, and sometimes lose a day.

No video this day.

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

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

Diary entry 6/23/1850

Diary entry 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

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4 Responses to John App’s June 23, 1850, Gold Rush Diary Entry

  1. Pat Hillman says:

    Don’t you wish we had the next book? I have really enjoyed every post!

    Thanks so much,


  2. Suzanne Spencer Uvelli says:

    Hi Larry,
    this was absolutely terrific. thankyou for this blog. I can send you a photo of John App to post if you wish.

  3. That would be great, Suzanne. The post in two days for part 4 has some pictures, but I’d like to post one of John. Thanks!

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