Category Archives: California-Oregon Trail Posts

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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Following John App’s Journey to California – the Final Portion of the Trip

It has been three years since I made my last posting about John App and his journey west in 1850 for the California gold rush. To bring everyone up to date, here are some important facts you will need to … Continue reading

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John App – After the Gold Rush Diary, Part 4 of 4 (and final post)

John had a successful marriage and career in the Jamestown area. He and Leanna settled near Jamestown, where he built a ten-room ranch house out of native sugar pine from the Algerine mill. The couple had four children. In John’s … Continue reading

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John App – After the Gold Rush Diary, Part 3 of 4

Following is a more “colorful” rendition of the journey on the Walker River Trail: History of Kennedy Meadows Sonora Pass, California Sierra Nevada The history of Kennedy Meadows begins with the first crossing of Sonora Pass by the Clark-Skidmore party … Continue reading

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John App – After the Gold Rush Diary, Part 2 of 4

The Clark-Skidmore Party was organized of people from Ohio and Indiana. By the time they reached the California/Nevada border they were near where John App was working, and drew his interest when they announced that they were headed to the … Continue reading

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