Category Archives: California-Oregon Trail Posts

Memories of the App Gold Mine

When John App (read his blog story here) arrived in Tuolumne County, California in the autumn of 1852, his goal was to find a rich gold-bearing quartz mine. It did not take long for him to find a promising vein … Continue reading

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Lessons for Filming with Video in the Great American West

It was a quick trip with six stops for shooting test video in western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming… three places along the Platte River (east of where the North Platte and the South Platte join to form the Platte), Courthouse … Continue reading

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On the Road Again in the Great American West

I’m on the road again in the Great American West following the Oregon-California Trail in the 1850 footsteps of John App. This time it is a quick trip to test how best to film the landscape in the west as … Continue reading

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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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