Submitted by scott on Mon, 11/30/2020 - 10:46

Stagecoach from St Joseph to Carson City.  Wherein he begins life in Washoe and is stricken with silver fever

  • Thu Jul 18, 1861

    July 18 Thursday – Orion and Sam left St. Louis on the Sioux City for St. Joseph, Missouri 

  • Fri Jul 26, 1861

    Left St. Joseph. Started on the plains about ten miles out. The plains here are simply prairie.

  • Sat Jul 27, 1861

    Crossed the Nebraska line about 180 miles from St. Joseph. Here we saw the first Jack Rabbit.

  • Sun Jul 28, 1861

    So we flew along all day. At 2 P.M. the belt of timber that fringes the North Platte and marks its windings through the vast level floor of the Plains came in sight. At 4 P.M. we crossed a branch of the river, and at 5 P.M. we crossed the Platte itself, and landed at Fort Kearney, fifty-six hours out from St. Joe—THREE HUNDRED MILES! Now that was stage-coaching on the great overland, ten or twelve years ago, when perhaps not more than ten men in America, all told, expected to live to see a railroad follow that route to the Pacific. 

  • Mon Jul 29, 1861

    Saw the first Indians, 75 miles from Kearney, with Buffalo skin wigwams, the hide dressed on both sides, and put up on poles, sugar loaf shape. Here we found Buffalo robes at three to six dollars, beautifully dressed, and some of them wonderfully large. This is the Buffalo region, and robes are higher as you go further, either east or west. Saw an Indian child’s grave on a scaffold about eight feet from the ground, supported by four stakes. Sand Hills and Platte river still in sight.

  • Tue Jul 30, 1861

    Tuesday, July 30. Arrived at the “Crossing” of the South Platte, alias “Overland City,” alias “Julesburg,” at 11 A. M., 470 miles from St. Joseph. Saw to-day first Cactus. 1:20 P. M. across the South Platte.

  • Wed Jul 31, 1861

    Sunrise. Court House Rock, Chimney Rock, and Scott’s Bluffs, in sight. At noon passed through Scott’s Bluff’s pass., 580 miles from St. Joseph. This was the first high ground, since entering upon the plains. All was vast, prairie, until we reached Fort Kearney. Soon afterwards, we struck the barren region, and thenceforward we had a level expanse covered with sage brush, and that was the character of the growth until we arrived here, the plains being more or less elevated, or broken, but in other respects preserving the same characteristics.

  • Thu Aug 01, 1861

    Found ourselves this morning in the “Black Hills,” with “Laramie Peak,” looming up in large proportions. This peak is 60 miles from Fort Laramie, which we passed in the night. We took breakfast at “Horseshoe” station, forty miles from Fort Laramie, and 676 miles from St. Joseph.

  • Fri Aug 02, 1861

    3 o’clock, A. M., passed over North Platte bridge, 760 miles from St. Joseph. 2 P. M., reached “Sweet water” creek, “Independence Rock,” the “Devil’s Gap,” the “Cold Spring,” an ice water spring, issuing near one of the Stations,

  • Sat Aug 03, 1861

    Breakfast at Rock Ridge Station, 24 miles from “Cold Spring,” and 871 miles from St. Joseph.   A mile further on is “South Pass City” consisting of four log cabins, one of which is the post office, and one unfinished.