Snake River at Massacre Rock
July 4th  –  we came right and one-half miles to where we left Snake River; then over a ridge six miles to Raft
River and crossed it. It is a small stream thirty feet wide and two and one-half feet deep. Here the Oregon road
turns to the left and leads up the hill out of the bottom. We came up the river bottom five miles and crossed it
again. Came two miles up the river and camped on its bank. Good grass and grease brush for wood. Distance
twenty-one and one-half miles. Good roads today, but dusty. This is a very warm day.
July 5th  –  we left the river and came ten miles up the bottom to the river again and crossed it. Here it had four
and one-half feet of water and the banks are so muddy it was hard crossing, but we got over safely. The horse
teams had to pull their wagon over by hand, the horses all miring and had to be driven across loose. Here we
left Raft River, came ten miles to the West Fork and camped; good grass, plenty of wood and water; distance
twenty miles. Good roads today, and we camped tonight right where the Myers cut off comes in. We came in
with the teams that started in the cut off when we took the old road. I got a correct account of this cut off from
a man that kept a journal. He says it is one hundred and thirty-five miles through there, and three places it is
eighteen miles without water, but grass was tolerably good. It was over hills all the time, and two of the worst
hills to come down that a wagon ever came over. I make it one hundred and forty-five miles by Fort Hall and the
best of road.  The farthest distance without water is eleven miles. There is not a stick of timber on Raft River.
The days are tolerably warm and the nights cool. In Raft River bottom there are hundreds of acres of wild
wheat as thick as it can stand and as high as a man’s head. It is just in full bloom and is the prettiest sight I
have seen.