Monthly Archives: August 2014

Following John App’s Journey to California – Summing it All Up

I have followed John App’s journey west to California for the gold rush by car for the past eleven years. He left in March of 1850 from Pekin, Illinois where he was the mayor’s assistant, and arrived in what is … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – Concluding Research

The past two days (August 18 & 19, 2014) have been devoted primarily to research at the Carlo De Ferrari Archives in Sonora, California. To help fill in some of the missing pieces of John App’s journey through California, my … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – on the Trail to Sonora

Sunday, August 17, 2014, was a day with two important discoveries. The first was a family get-together/picnic at Pinecrest Lake in the Sierras with App descendents who have an interest in preserving family history. Lois & Jerry O’Day, Laurie Ennis … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – Arriving in Sonora

On Saturday, August 16, 2014, two National Park Rangers and I had scheduled a trip to an area of the Stanislaus National Forest to get a good view of the last part of the route of the Clark-Skidmore Party though … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – Research in Sonora

Friday, August 15, 2014, was filled with research starting at the Tuolumne Historical Society & Museum. The sky was the limit for topics ranging from anything on John App to the App mine, to the Clark-Skidmore Party, to anything else … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – Crossing the Sierras

Today, August 14, 2014, was a day to backtrack a little bit. When John App continued on his journey after his last diary entry he would have continued along the California Trail toward the Northern Mines in present day Nevada … Continue reading

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Following John App’s Journey to California – His Arrival

Today, August 13, 2014, I visited two Nevada County historical societies and each offered a piece of information of why one route might have been chosen over the other. Going south through the valley could have presented the problem of … Continue reading

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