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Wagon Train to Calif. 1852


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Posted by Rana on Monday, January 13, 2014 at 11:28:22 :

Overland Route to California – An express line overland from St. Joseph’s Missouri to Sacramento city has been established. The first train left the 1st of May, taking out the necessary stock for the several stations of the company, and the second is to leave on the 10th of June. The stations of the company are Fort Kearney, Fort Laramie, North Fork of the Platte, South Pass, Salt Lake City, and the Head of Humbolt. The number of wagons in each train will be ten, and the limitation of passengers forty. Time from St. Joseph to Salt Lake City 25 days; fare $100. To Sacramento, 60 days; fare $150.

Source: The Daily True Delta (New Orleans), May 28, 1852, Page 2

(Additional info: “The 2,200-mile overland trips had to be timed properly, with most typically beginning in mid-May in places on "the edge of the prairies” outside St. Joseph or Independence, Missouri.
These wagon trains often were composed of like-minded folks. It was not uncommon to find one group that would not travel on Sundays out of respect for the Sabbath or another made up of people from the same area of the Northeast.
Many took what they assumed was the easy way, the migration by sea. The trips typically began anywhere along the Atlantic Coast with ships sailing southward around Cape Horn and back up to San Francisco.
For some travelers, the mere arrival at SAN FRANCISCO was too much to bear. When some saw the city of gambling dens and bars they had come to, they bought tickets back home and never ventured inland.
But just getting to California did not mean the end of traveling, because the gold was still inland near Placerville.”
Source: Sacramento Bee, Jan. 18, 1998)



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