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Lafayette SPENCER Journal - Page Two
July lst Travel 25 miles. Camp on Plat River seven miles East of Fort Laramie.
2nd Travel 15 miles. Pass Ft. Laramie and camp on Plat River near the United States farm.
3rd Lay by. Grass scarse their. I wrote back again.
4th Travel 16 miles through the Black Hill road very rough, camp on Plat River. Grass scarse.
5th Travel 14 miles. Camp on a small Creek in the Black Hills
6th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Plat River. Grass scarse.
7th Travel 10 miles. Camp on Plat River. Grass scarse
8th Travel 15 miles. Over very rough and hilly. Camp on Plat River. Grass scarse.
9th Travel 12 miles. Camp on Plat River, one mile south of the road.
10th Travel 12 miles. Camp on Plat River. Grass scarse.
11th Travel 10 miles. Camp on Plat River near the upper ferry.
12th Travel 15 miles. Camp on Plat River. Grass scarse.
13th Travel 10 miles. Camp on Plat River for the last time. We have travel on it for seven hundred miles.
14th Lay by and hunted buffalo and killed four.
15th Travel 18 miles. Camp at the Willow Spring. No grass.
16th Travel 16 miles. Camp near Alkali Lake. Grass scarse.
17th Travel 18 miles. Pass the Independence Rock, a rock which raise right up out of the ground in a smooth bottom of Sweet Water. It is 125 rod long and 120 feet high. We pass the Devil Gate through which Sweet water passes. It is 400 feet high on both sides of Perpendckler. Camp on Sweet Water.
18th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Sweet Water, near Bitter Cottonwood Creek.
19th Travel 15 miles. Camp on Sweet Water. Grass scarse,
20th Travel 18 miles. Camp on Sweet Water. Grass scarse.
21st Travel 17 miles over rough and rockey roads and camp on a small branch. Grass scarse. No tim(b)er on Sweet Water.
22nd Travel 12 miles and camp at the last crossing of Sweet Water. Grass scarse.
23rd Travel 8 miles. Camp three miles to the right of the road on Sweet Water.
24th Travel 30 miles. Pass the South Pass of the Rocky mountains and Persippee Spring. Camp on Little Sandy three miles north of the road.
25th Lay by to rest our cattle.
26th Travel 10 miles. Camp on Big Sandy. Grass scarse.
27th Travel 10 miles off the road to get grass to cross the Dessert, forty-two miles across without water or grass.
28th Started in the desert travel.
29th All night and next day till ten o'clock and cross Green River. Grass scarse.
30th Travel 13 miles. Camp on branche of Green River among the Snake Indians. Grass good.
31st Travel 18 miles. Cross a verry hie and rough mountain and camp in the valley. Grass scarse.
August lst,1852 Travel 12 miles. Cross a mountain and camp on Ham Fork of Green River. Grass searse.
2nd Travel 25 miles over very hie and rough mountain. Camp in Bear River Valley. Good.grass.
3rd Travel 4 miles and camp on Bear River. Good grass.
4th Travel 25 miles. Cross Smith and Thomas fork of Bear River. Camp on Bear River.
5th Travel 18 miles. Camp on Bear River. Grass scarse.
6th Travel 6 miles. Camp on Bear River. Good grass.
7th Travel 18 miles. Pass Beer and Soda and Steam Boat Springs. Camp at the Junction of the California and Oregon Road.
8th Travel 15 miles. Camp on a small creek. Good grass.
9th Travel 17 miles Camp on a small branch of the Port Neuf River. Good grass.
10th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Port Neuf River.
11th Travel 15 miles. Passes Ft. Hall. I wrote back. Camp on Port Neuf River. Good grass.
12th Travel 12 miles. Camp on Snake River. Good grass.
13th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Rock Creek. Grass scarse.
14th Travel 15 miles. Camp on Raft River. Good grass.
15th Lay by.
16th Travel 18 miles. Camp at Bull Rush Spring.
17th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Goose Creek. Grass scearse.
18th Travel 10 miles. Camp on Snake River. Swam our cattle across.
19th Lay by. Could not get our cattle back.
20th Lay by. Still could not get them over to the wagons.
21st Lay by. The only way we could get our cattle back was to drive them three or four miles up the river to the falls where the water was so swift when you got them into it the water wash them down over the falls on the other side. The river was three quarters of a mile wide.
22nd Travel 18 miles. Camp on dry Creek four miles off the road to water and grass.
23rd Travel 25 miles. Camp on Rock Creek. Grass scearse.
24th Travel 16 miles and camp near Snake River on the Plains without water or grass.
25th Travel 17 miles. Camp on Bannac Creek. No grass. Our cattle nearly all give out for something to eat.
26th Travel 5 miles. Crossed Snake River on wagon beds and swam our cattle over. Camp on the bank. Good grass.
27th Travel 6 miles. Camp on a small creek. Good grass.
28th Lay by to recruit our cattle.
29th Travel 20 miles. camp on a small creek. Grass scearce.
30th Travel 20 miles. Camp on a small creek. Good grass.
31st Lay by with Henry Newman who was very sick with Liber Complaint.
September 1st, 1852 Travel 15 miles. Camp on Seven miles Creek.
2nd Travel 15 miles. Camp on Barren Creek. Use warm water. Good grass.
3rd Travel 14 miles. Camp on Charlotte Creek. Grass scearse.
4th Travel 14 miles. Camp on a dry branch. Good grass.
5th Travel 10 miles. Camp on White Horse Creek. Grass fair.
6th Travel 10 miles. Camp at a good spring. Grass fair.
7th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Boies River. Good grass.
8th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Boies River. Good grass.
9th Travel 12 miles. Camp on Boies River. Good grass.
10th Lay by.
11th Travel 15 miles. Camp on Boies River. Good grass.
12th Travel 10 miles. Cross Snake River at Fort Boies and camp on Bank.
13th Lay by for to hunt our cattle.
14th Travel 16 miles. Camp on Malaher River. Grass scearse.
15th Lay by. Michiel Smith very sick. George Gimple was taken sick today. Grass scearse.
16th Travel 25 miles. Camp on Bench Creek. Grass scearse.
17th Travel 9 miles. Camp on Burnt River. Grass scearse.
18th Travel 10 miles in the afternoon. Michiel Smith died in the forenoon. Buried in one hour after death.
19th Travel 16 miles. Roads rough and crooked. Camp on a branch of Burnt River. Grass scearse.
20th Travel 14 miles. Camp on a branch of Burnt River. Grass scearse.
21st Travel 10 miles. Cross a mountain and camp on a spring branch. Grass scearse.
22nd Travel 16 miles. Camp on a slough of Powder River. Cold windy weather. Grass. fair.
23rd Travel 10 miles. Camp on Powder River. Camp at a spring near the mountains.
24th Travel none but lay by.
25th Travel 15 miles. Cross three Powder River. Camp at a spring near the mountains.
26th Travel 10 miles. Cross over a mountain. Camp in Grand Round Valley. This valley is about 30 miles long and 20 miles wide. Good grass.
27th Travel 8 miles. Cross Grand Round Camp on a small brarch at the foot of a verry hie mountain.
28th Lay by.
29th Travel 14 miles. Cross some verry hie mountains and camp on the mountain.
30th Travel 14 miles amongst the Blue Mountains over some verry hie ones. It rained and snowed which made the mountains verry bad to travel on. Verry heavy timber. Camp on the mountain. Use snow for water. Grass scearse.
October lst Travel 14 miles. Cross over some verry hie mountains which were verry steep and rough. Camp on the mountain.
2nd Travel 12 miles. Pass over the Blue Mountains. Camp on the Umatilla River amongst the Kiouse Indains. Grass scearse.
3rd Travel 12 miles. Roads good. Camp on the Umatilla River. Grass scearse.
4th Travel 5 miles and cross the river and camp on a hie bluff. Grass scearse.
5th Travel 15 miles. Camp on the Umatilla River. Grass scearse.
6th Travel 8 miles. Cross the Umatilla River at the Agency House and took water and wood and camp on the bluff.
7th Travel 19 miles. Road sandy. Took water and wood and camp on the plains Grass fair.
8th Travel 14 miles. Road sandy. Camp on the plains without water or wood.
9th Travel 10 miles. Passed two springs. Took water and camp on the plaines. Grass scearse.
10th Travel 9 miles. Road sandy. Camp at Willow Creek. Grass scearse.
11th Travel 10 miles. Took water and camp on the Plaines. Grass scearse.
12th Travel 15 miles. Road good. Camp on a small creek. Grass scearse.
13th Travel 8 miles. Cross John Day River, ascended a verry hie and rockey mountain. Camp on the Plain. Grass fair.
14th Travel 15 miles. Camp on the plain. Charles Spencer took the ague. Grass fair.
15th Travel 15 miles. Camp on the Columbia River. Grass fair.
16th Travel 3 miles. Camp on the De Shu's River. Grass scearse.
17th Travel 5 miles. Camp on Only Creek. Rough roads. Grass scearse.
18th Travel 5 miles. Camp on Five Miles Creek. Grass scearse.
19th Lay by to wash.
20th Travel 5 miles and come to the Dalls. Sold our cattle.
21st Started down the Columbia River in sciff. The wind blew at night and camp on the bank.
22nd Started in the sciff again and landed at the Cascades.
23rd Lay at the Cascade.
24th Lay at the same place.
25th Started down to the Steamboat Landing. We hird wagon and oxen to haul our plunder down.
26th Got on a steam boat and landed in Portland in the evening. The whole distance from the DalIs to Portland is 160 miles.
27th Charles remain very sick. Died at 9 o'clock in the morning. Burried in the City of Portland the same day at five o'clock in the evening.
28th Still remain in Portland.
29th Started for Oregon City at noon on a steam boat and landed in the evening.
Thus end my journal.
Lafayette Spencer
Submitted by Richard Smith - slugs@linkport.com, May 24, 1998.
Last updated: 27 June 2017