Friday, January 18, 2008


Anonymous Rodeo Rich said...

Warning to all pioneers:

Yore Faithful Scout Rodeo Rich has just returned home heading east from Oregon City over that portion the trail to the Snake River in Idaho and has an updated weather report which you can view by going to

January 22, 2008 11:36 PM  
Anonymous John Smith said...

Diary Entry for 1855 April 1

Glad to be going to Oregon, but sad to leave the family and home in Boston. My two cousins and I are here at Independence, Missouri. I’m 27 and was a captain in the Mohican Gold Company of 40 well-fitted men who came under attack by Blackfeet. Somehow we managed to escape and made it to safety suffering minor casualties.

I plan to build two cabins and farm the land once I reach Oregon.

John Smith

January 23, 2008 2:16 PM  
Anonymous Mike Jones said...

Mike Jones’s Diary

March 24

Today we got ready to go to Oregon, I told my family “Good bye”, other then the members that are coming with me. I sold my house and quit my job. Now that we have bought the supplies we are almost ready to go. I am waiting for my brother Alex finish packing.

Mike Jones

January 24, 2008 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Lukas said...

April 1, 1851

I can’t wait to get to Oregon. My sister and I are traveling with our cousin, John Smith. We have bought everything we thought we will need so we can get to Oregon.
The reason we are traveling with our cousin is because our parents died and we have no one to stay with.

Amanda Lukas

January 24, 2008 12:01 PM  
Blogger Ceknes said...

Hi, We are the Steams family. We are 3 sisters traveling to Oregon with our families. We are very excited to go to Oregon. We have a wig-maker, 2 doctors, a hunter, and 14 year old who likes to sew and cook in our wagon, + two younger kids. We'd like to wish everyone good luck, and hope to see ya' on the trail!

Mary, Charolette, and Rebecca Steams

January 24, 2008 12:19 PM  
Anonymous William Cone said...

Dear family,

I’m going to Oregon to pursue a dream; a dream of open spaces, not the crowded city of New York. So I bid you farewell family and friends.
William H. Cone
Bond & Moore Wagon
March 30, 1855

January 24, 2008 4:06 PM  
Blogger TCApple said...

Early Spring, 1864
Howdy! My name is Philura Vanderburgh. I am traveling with my family which includes my father, John, mother, Emily, as well as my sister and three brothers. We plan to travel from Iowa to Oregon.
My parents have been planning this trip ever since my oldest brother Henry died in the war. They said,"they just didn't have the heart to stay here in Iowa." They are hoping that in Oregon, they will not feel their loss so keenly. Father needs a warmer climate, he gets awful sick in the winter, but he doesn't want to settle in the "unsettled south". Mother's brother is already in Oregon, and it will be so good to see my beloved cousins again!
Mother is calling, we have so much packing to do--I'll write again later. See you on the trail

January 25, 2008 1:38 PM  
Anonymous Powers Family said...

Hallow fellow travelers, we are the Powers family. My husband is a doctor so feel free to ask for help! We hail from Wisconsin and have sold everything to make this journey west. My children, Cephas and Sarah are very excited to be going and have already written farewell letters back home to their friends. See ya'll on the trail.

January 25, 2008 7:00 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 1831
Dear Parents,
I’m leaving. I’m taking my family on the Oregon Trail. I’m not happy leaving this town. Me, my wife, and the kids will miss you. Anyway, John is getting married to a beautiful girl. I’m teaching him how to hunt and trap and I’m going to live there.
Love your son, Bruce Cook
P.S. I’ll Miss You!

January 29, 2008 8:27 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

Dear family
Good bye… I’m going to Oregon. I’m an uncle. And I became a Gunsmith, I made 10 guns for some men and 5 guns for some women. And I made a shotgun for myself. I forgot to tell you that I’m 21 years old!
Jacob Holt

January 29, 2008 10:36 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

February 29, 1832
Dear Oregon journal,
Hi my name is Hope Holt. My two sisters died and so did my mom, four weeks ago. I’m hitting the trail with my dad, my uncle Jacob, and my crazy grandma. I’m eighteen years old. I like to hunt buffalo and fur trapper. I got $200 for my last fur that I sold. We haven’t been through any harm yet. I don’t need to say goodbye to anyone because I don’t have any friends, and all of my relatives died except for the ones who are going with me. Well that’s all I have to say. So see ya’ll on the trail.
Sincerely,, Hope Holt

January 29, 2008 10:39 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 3, 1832
Dear Grandma,
My family and I are going to Oregon My husband is a fur trapper, his name is Bill. I have two kids, one is a girl her name is Rose. She is 16 years old, & the other one is a boy his name is Bart he’s 19 years old. We are going to Oregon for our freedom. Wish us a good trip, grandmother. I will come back when I am as old as you.
Sincerely, RoseWalker

January 29, 2008 10:43 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

April, 12, 1821
Dear Parents,
I am glad to be going to Oregon. I will miss all my friends and family that are not coming. I will miss my old chair and my front porch. The days I had with a shotgun in my lap in that chair. I want to get to Oregon for the land and gold. I’ll miss you and hope that you will come, don’t hit the trail too late if you come.
Sincerely your son, Will
P.S. I will miss you and that my birthday is coming up.

January 29, 2008 10:46 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 03, 1835
Dear Mom and Dad,
I am happy about leaving town. I laughed at my friends they wouldn’t go because, they didn’t want to go. I love exploring
I’m carrying my rifle, my journal, pocket knife and $3 in one of me pockets I love the outdoors. My dad is a fur trapper, my mom is a nurse, sis is a seamstress, and I’m a carpenter. This is my family is Bill, Rose, Bart, and Rosa.
Sincerely, Bart Walker

January 29, 2008 10:48 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

April 16, 1820
Dear Dad and Mom,
I have a long journey ahead of me and I hate to say goodbye but Dad said I can always write to you. I also have a twin her name is Ally Joe Rinehart who has decided to go with us too. We are headed to Oregon and hopefully we make it.
Love, Anna Bay Rinehart.
P.S. Hey did I forget to tell you Uncle Jake is expecting a baby, they want to call it Winter if it’s a girl and Li’l Jake if it’s a boy. See ya on the trail.

January 29, 2008 10:55 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

Dear family,
I am going to Oregon. It is a dangerous trail for land, gold, and religious rights. I am a doctor for the trail. Well...GOOD BYE!!!
Jedidiah Dodge

January 29, 2008 10:57 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

April 16, 1820

I would like to say good bye to ya’ll and tell you to have a good trip. I’m with my two step daughters and an uncle. I’m going to miss everyone that I know. I am 35 years old. It is sad I have to leave to Oregon. I’ll miss my friends. Still I have a long way ahead of me but me and my family are trying to save up money for our trip. We are going to buy some fur before we go from Miss Hope Holt to keep us warm. See you in Oregon have fun and a good trip bye.
Joe Rinehart

January 29, 2008 11:00 AM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

Dear family, March11, 1832
Good bye house. I am going to Oregon with my sister Hope and my dad. I am going to miss my house it’s going to be fun at Oregon. I am going to stay there. I don’t know when I’ll be back or if I’ll ever make back. I’ll write soon. Angel Dodge

January 29, 2008 11:05 AM  
Blogger caallas said...


I'm waitin' for my younguns to get packed. We are me and my husband, my 2 sons, and one of the son's children. His wife passed awhile back from the fever. We're are traveling we 2 other families. the Sparrow's and the Froedge's from Alabama. Between us all we have a docter, a gunsmith, a merchant, and a blacksmith. Anybody here tell of a preacher or a teacher on our journey? We did bring some school books.


January 29, 2008 11:43 AM  
Blogger Ceknes said...

Please Help!!! We keep trying to post that we are out of water due to Cholera, but our messege does not get posted! We have been out since Sunday and are in danger of dehydration! Please help!

Does anyone have any to spare?

The Steams Family

January 29, 2008 5:13 PM  
Anonymous Susan Lukas said...

Lost Dog

Our dog Watch has been lost. If you find him please take him to Fort Laramie. Wait for us there. There will be a reward of $2.50.

Please return him to John Smith, Amanda Lukas or Susan Lukas. Watch is a black and tan German Sheppard with one blue eye and one brown eye.

January 30, 2008 11:55 AM  
Anonymous Alex Jones said...


Lost: German Shepherd. Answers to “Klide”. Fully grown - Black & Brown colored.

If found please return to the Jones's wagon at Fort Laramie.

Alex and Mike Jones
Rodeo Rich's Wagon Train

January 30, 2008 4:56 PM  
Blogger austin said...

$20.00 Reward

Blond Lab answers to Hunter
has white spot under right eye
If found please return to

January 31, 2008 12:10 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

January 1830
Dear Diary,
My sister and brothers are going to Oregon to have a better climate. Except, my sister and I are going through the stuff that we want and, our brothers Woodey and Joe are gathering buffalo chips for our fuel.
Anyway my family’s last name is Boone and, we have a lot of talent. For instance, Joe is a gold miner, Woodey is a gunsmith, Maggie is a glass maker apprentice, and finally, I am a doctor. For being a gold miner it must be very dusty, for being a gunsmith must take days or weeks making a gun, especially with my sister she has to concentrate really hard, and now me it takes a lot of scraps of clothing to heel someone’s wound.
So I would like to tell you some things about my family. First Joe he is oldest brother he thinks he is the boss ever sense our parents died in a house fire, which we hardly talk about it. Then we have Woodey he is a very chatty guy, he is nonstop able sometimes you wish you could stuff wool in that big mouth of his. Finally there is my sister Maggie and I which is Jane we are kind of like twins except we don’t look like, we are not the same age, and Maggie is taller then me.
Right now I’m in a situation where we are loading our stuff into our hand cart, will I will miss guys.

Jane Lee Boone

January 31, 2008 12:33 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 13, 1863
Dear Journal,
Well I’m travel’n with my daughter in law Marie, Uncle Roy, and my grandchild Phoebe. I hope we all make it to Oregon safely. I’m Gonna be entertaining and I ain’t leave’n nobody behind.
It’s gonna be kinda hard ta leave this town behind, Nah it’s gonna be easier than bake’n a cake. This town is gonna be eat’n my dust! I’m goin west YEE HAA!!! I can’t wait ta get on da road again!!! Oregon here comes GRANDPA!!!
(Bubba) Zed Lemon

January 31, 2008 12:36 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

January 28, 1833
Dear Diary,
Jane, Me, Joe, and Woodey are going west to Oregon. We are orphans. Our ma and pa died in a house fire. We have no family only a little bit of friends. So it’s not going to be that hard to leave, at least for me. Joe is old enough to take care of us. We are soo happy to go to a different place. I hope we find more friends on the way. That’s all for today!
Maggie Ann Boone

January 31, 2008 12:41 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

December 12, 1863
Dear Journal,
Today we are leaving to go to the Oregon Trail. I am not so happy of leaving my home and all of my stuff. Phoebe, my daughter, Roy, my brother-in-law, and crazy ol’ Grandpa my father–in–law and I are traveling together. I hate to say good bye to this ol’ town but it is the best for all of us

PS. I hope Grandpa settles down a little.
Sincerely, Marie Lemon

January 31, 2008 12:45 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

February 22, 1833

Dear family,
This is not easy to say, but I am leaving for Oregon to find a new life, in which I hope to start a ranch with much land and crops. Ron and I will be making the journey with his two brothers, Jacob, and Fred. In Oregon I hope to excel in my job as an elementary teacher. I have just turned 19 and hope to live there till I am 30.
Your daughter,
Martha Williams

January 31, 2008 12:48 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 33, 1832

Dear friends,

Our family is going to California so that I can start a mining business. We need to start packing because we leave in a couple days for the trail. Also Joe that’s me the oldest one because ma and pap died in a house fire. So basically I’m the oldest and have to take care of the whole family. It’s pretty hard for us. Especially for Jane, because she is the youngest. She is 14, next is Maggie at 15, and Woody is 19. I have just turned 21.
Sincerely,Joe Boone

January 31, 2008 12:51 PM  
Blogger Lapoint Wagontrain said...

March 30, 1830

Dear friends,

We are leaving to go to Oregon my dad, my sister in law, and my grandchild are going too. My grandpa says I can’t wait to get on the road again!!!!! He also says I put coffee beans in my rice. I wonder where pa is? Ill go find him.
Your friend
Roy Lemon

January 31, 2008 12:54 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Moore said...

Lost Dog

If you find our puppy please return to the Bond and Moore Wagon.
We are offering a reward of $3.50
Please help us and return our dog.
He has a cute little tail and he is about a foot and a half tall from his back to the ground.
He has little black paws with a black spot on his belly.
He answers to the name of Caesar.

Rodeo Rich’s Wagon Train

January 31, 2008 8:15 PM  
Anonymous Cpt. Snyder said...

Oh my gooodnesss, help some of our youngin are missing. We just left Fort Laramie, and made our ways up the Long Hill to Register Bluff. We took a short break, watered the animals and hit the trail again. We got the next resting spot and realized, the youngins are a missin. If any one sees a band of youngins roaming lost, please let us know somewhow. HELP PLEASE!!!

February 5, 2008 10:13 AM  
Anonymous Alex Jones said...

We found our dog the camp cook returned it! and have given the $20reward...

from Mike and Alex Jones

July 7th

February 5, 2008 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lOST DOG! Have you seen this dog? His name is Thor, he is a Yorky Terrier. He is white with brown spots. YOUR REWARD IS $50.00!!! Thank You!

February 6, 2008 7:23 AM  
Anonymous The Buck Family said...


name :Lassie
color:golden brown w/ a big white spot on her stoamch

February 6, 2008 7:26 AM  
Anonymous The Smith family said...

Please help us find our dog. He is a German Sheperd. We will pay you $20.00. So please help us find our dog. His name is Spike.
He has a scar on his back. He has black and brown fur.

February 6, 2008 7:27 AM  
Anonymous The Dalton Family said...

We are the Dalton Family and we lost our dog.He is a black and blonde beagle. His name is Hershey like a hershey bar but he is so cute so please find him. We will pay 75$ for him.

February 6, 2008 7:28 AM  
Anonymous The Woodson Family said...

hOur lost dog is a Golden Retreiver. It is black and gold with soft fur and it is really big. We would be willing to give $15.00 for the return of our dog.Our dogs name is Max he is a boy.

February 6, 2008 7:29 AM  
Anonymous Mike Jone said...

Dear Susan Lukas,

I see we have quite a predicament here I do believe that I have you dog, and Rodeo Rich has my dog so I’m going to give you back your dog free of charge and I’ll pay Rodeo Rich the $20 reward.

Mike Jones

February 6, 2008 8:45 AM  
Blogger Cpt. Snyder said...

It is a sad day on the Snyder Wagon Train, We have some unfortunate news. We had a tragic Death of One of our Youngins. Unfortunetly Alexander Tice Died at Age 11. He slipped on his way down Register Bluff and died a horrible painful death. Also Young Charles Utter, Age 12 slipped and broke his leg in three places. Luckily the rest of the youngins came up with a plan and made it back safely!! Hopefully they will never wander off again without telling their folks.

February 6, 2008 12:11 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Woodson Family,
Your dog was found! It was returned to you. You are lucky since there has been a string of thefts!

Smith Family,
Your dog was also found! YIPEE!

Dalton Family,
You can not afford your reward for your lost dog. Unfortunately, you had to give your dog to another family in your wagon train.

Ward Family,
Your dog was found!

Buck Family,
Sorry! Your dog was found but for the reward given, your founders kep the dog!

February 6, 2008 5:15 PM  
Blogger Miz Melissa said...

We have found Klide, he was about to drink out of the alkali water.Meet us at the Knight family wagon at Fort Bridger to get your dog back. Joel Knght

February 7, 2008 7:13 AM  
Anonymous William H. Cone said...

All right ya'll be careful when you go to Independence Rock. There is a lot of stuff lying around so be careful where you walk. But other than that its ok.

William H. Cone

February 8, 2008 9:11 AM  
Anonymous Amanda Smith said...

July 18

We are at Poison Spring. The water looks clear but we can’t drink it has poison in it. We decided to stay at the springs overnight. We have just decided to hobble our animals, tie them tight to the wagon, give them some food and if we can spare some water. We are going to have people stay up in shifts through the night to guard the animals making sure they don’t stay to the water. We tied the animals with our ropes.
The baby that was born here is a girl. She weighed seven pounds and ten ounces. She was born to a woman in our wagon train. We thought a good name for her would be Rebecca.

The Smith Family
Rodeo Rich's Wagon Train

February 11, 2008 7:32 AM  
Anonymous James Bond, MD said...

Wife Wanted

Wife wanted! One that is willing to go on many adventures and live in the wilderness. You must be handy with a gun because I will be gone most of the time on medical trips. My name is James Bond I’m a physician I plan to continue my career out west. I’m 6’ 1”. I have blond hair brown eyes and prefer three kids either sex is fine. Please respond soon.

James Bond,MD

February 12, 2008 5:02 PM  
Anonymous William H. Cone said...

Wife Wanted

The lucky lady must be able to cook and clean and be able to shoot a gun. And she must want to have children. Also she must be educated and beautiful.

I'm William H. Cone and I am 6'5" good looking. And I like to hunt and fish. I'm a surgeon, and I am understanding and nice.

Send a letter to Oregon City if interested.

February 13, 2008 9:50 AM  
Anonymous Alex Sander said...

Spouse Wanted

should be able to cook, must be educated, must be able to live off the land, must not be helpless, beautiful, and looking forward to living in Oregon.

My name is Alex Sander I am 6’4”, i am 26 years old, I enjoy hunting, and camping. And I’m looking forward to meet the lucky lady that decides that she want to marry me.

send me a letter at

February 13, 2008 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mary Thompson, aged 16, a young adventurous Christian woman; good with guns as well as pots and seeking a strong & handsome pioneer to sweep her off her dainty feet. 5'4" and brown curly hair; a few freckles from the hot sun on the trail. Very good with tending ill animals. Must love horses. Please mail all correspondence to

February 14, 2008 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Amanda Lukas said...

Dear, Alex Sander. I would love to come to Oregon and marry you. My name is Amanda Lukas. I'm 5'8" and I am a nurse. I'm 18 and good with a gun and I love to cook. I would like a good house built for me before I arrive.

Amanda Lukas

February 15, 2008 11:52 AM  
Anonymous John Smith said...

1709 I sent the women down the river and I took the Barlow Toll Road. William Cone and I went ahead to scout but never made it back after a huge avalanche over took us. Poor Susan and Amanda Lucas, all alone and in the shock of what happened. They will never forget there brave cousin. Then Thomas Moore and Amanda had to stay at the Columbia River due to some difficulties and were never seen again poor Susan all on her own now hopefully she will marry and have someone to help take care of her but her memories of her sister and cousin will never leave her.
John Smith

February 18, 2008 12:55 PM  
Anonymous Thomas Moore said...

I had to make camp along the Dallas with Amanda Lukas because the canoe busted and we had to stay behind. The Indians said they would come back for us and the longest it would be is one week. a week later I saw bear tracks and decided to get out of there. I went down the river and found a nice tall rock. Of course I brought a gun to fight off beast. I got impatient and decided tto head out. I just started on down the river and followed behind some canoes that were going down the river. I found my way back to Williamette Valley and joined up with some friends.

Thomas Moore

February 18, 2008 1:00 PM  

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