Monday, February 16, 2009

Mailbag Monday: John R. Shinn Journal, Vol. 2

Going through all the papers and things I've inherited I've realized that in addition to this journal I've got hundreds of letters and postcards so I think once I'm done with the journal I'll start transcribing the other documents I have and make a regular weekly (if not more frequently) thing out of it, I'm playing with calling it "Mailbag Monday." Here is volume two of the journal, which covers June 1st-15th:

"June 1st Traveled 21 and a half miles over somewhat rolling country. Camped on the Prairie. Food good, very little water and no wood. Rained very hard at night, had a stampede among the cattle.

June 2 Traveled 18 miles. Camped on Prairie Creek. Plenty water and grass but no wood. Weather warm.

June 3 Traveled 14 miles over a beautiful level country. Camped on Wood River, very good place to camp. Had a fine shower in the evening.

June 4 Laid by to rest our teams and wash etc. Weather somewhat dull.

June 5 Stayed in camp at the above place on account of heavy rains and a stampede among the cattle. Weather good.

June 6 Stayed in camp. Some of the men out hunting cattle. Weather pleasant.

June 7 Traveled 25 miles over level country. Camped by a slough south of the road. Plenty of feed and water but no wood. Weather fine.

June 8 Traveled 20 miles. Camped by a slough. Plenty of feed and water and some wood.

June 9 Traveled 8 and a half miles. Camped on Elm Creek. Plenty of food and water but no wood. Some rain fell through the day.

June 10 Traveled 19 miles. Camped on the Platte River. Plenty of food and water but no wood. Weather good.

June 11 Traveled 25 miles. Camped on a small Lake south of the road. Plenty of feed and water but little or no wood. Road good, weather pleasant.

June 12 Traveled 20 miles. Camped by a small Lake south of the road. Pleasant weather. Plenty of feed and water but no wood.

June 13 Traveled 20 miles over good road. Camped by the Platte River near the Bluffs. Plenty of feed and water but no wood. Weather pleasant throughout the day and shower in the evening.

June 14 Traveled 15 miles over a level country. Camped on the North Bluff fork of the Platte. Plenty of water and grass but no wood. Weather good.

June 15 Traveled 21 and a half miles. C(amped) on Petit Creek. Plenty of feed and water. No wood. Weather good."

Geographical notes: he is still in Nebraska throughout these posts. A map of his route can be found here. While looking for information on Petit Creek (which is in Nebraska), I found this site which is also of interest.

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