June 7th – we came two miles to the river bank once more, then up the bottom to Deer Creek. This is a large
stream and rapid, two feet deep, fifteen steps wide and the valley is covered with timber; passed good grass.
Came eleven miles to Cricket Creek a little muddy stream, steep banks; came six miles to Willow Creek and
camped; plenty of wood and water, not much grass. Have passed little grass since we crossed Deer Creek.
Distance twenty-three miles today; came up Platte River bottom all day. We had some fine fun this morning
after an old bear and three cubs. Myself and John Wilson took the horses and went after the old one. She
made pretensions for battle, and I shot and wounded her. She broke for the river and we after her. We had a
long, steep hill to run down and she beat us to the river and got across. We came up and John shot and hit
her, but she got away, The other boys got the cubs and we had bear meat for dinner, This has been the
warmest day yet, but it is not as warm as it is in old Pike by a long ways. Plenty of snow in sight all day and
some in sixty-five miles of us tonight. The country on the north side of the river has gotten more level, but
there are hills and mountains on this side.
June 8th – we came two miles and crossed a deep wash; came two miles farther and crossed a spring
branch, plenty of water. These branches are bad to cross. Came four miles to the ferry. Here are five ferry
boats. We got here at 12 o’clock, camped and made a general wash day. This evening I bought forty-four
pounds of crackers and gave $8.00 for them. Distance thirteen miles. It is one hundred and twenty-five and
three-fourths miles from Fort Laramie to the ferry on Platte River. We have followed up this river five hundred
miles on the south side. Moses Beck is very sick this evening with the diarrhea.
June 9th – we crossed the river this morning with some of our cattle. This is a dangerous business. Several
men have been drowned, and I saw one drowned today. We have to strip off and follow the cattle half way
across, and then you have to go all the way or swim against the current to get back. James Bradshaw and
Thomas Brown went across with our cattle, and if Brown had five yards farther to have gone he would have
drowned. He could not stand when he got out of the river. It is one-quarter mile wide and a very swift current.
They will not ferry cattle. We came two miles and Moses Beck got so bad we had to stop. Distance two miles.
June 10th – we came ten miles to the mineral spring, which is poison if the water is made muddy. There is a
large pool of water on the left, right at the edge of the road. We dipped up the water carefully and watered our
cattle out of the buckets; came ten miles to a spring branch; the water is poison, being alkali, and it will kill
anything that drinks it; three miles more to a spring branch which is good, but it is a little sulfurous. Came
two miles up the branch to the Wilson Spring which is as good water as I ever drank; plenty of wood, but no
grass. Here we camped; distance today twenty-five miles. All persons should be very cautious along here
about water. You can tell by taking the mud out of the water and smelling of it whether it is poison or not. Use
no standing water. There is no grass today at any point on the road, nor wood; the grasshoppers and crickets
have destroyed it. We had a tolerably bad road and dusty. There is a great rush with the emigrants today.
Some teams gave out by the time they got to the springs. Moses Beck is getting better.