THE ROUTE TAKEN

Leaving on April 18, 1866, the 60-wagon train “rolled out” from Whitewater1, Wisconsin. From Julius’ journals, we know they crossed the Mississippi at Dubuque, Iowa2. After making their way across the Iowa plains, they crossed the Missouri River at Nebraska City3 and entered the vast Nebraska Territory. In mid May, they struck the Oregon Trail, and, for the most part, the train more or less paralleled and sometimes traced its course until they turned south on the Mormon Trail to Salt Lake City.

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Along the way, they passed the following locations as noted in The Awakening of the Desert:

• Ft. Kearney4
• Ft. McPherson5
• Julesburg6, in what was to become the northeast corner of Colorado. Here they turned northwest and forded the Platte River in one of the most harrowing events of the trip.
• Scottsbluff7, through part of the Badlands, and on to Ft. Mitchell
• Ft. Laramie8, Table Rock9 and Ft. Bridger10 in what would become Wyoming
• Through the Wasatch Mountains as they headed southwest
• Salt Lake City11, arriving on August 11

The arduous journey took 16 weeks. Today, by car, it would take 20-1/2 hours.

 

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