Posted by: Shagg | September 22, 2010

I decided to continue as usual (Oregon Trail II)

March 31, 1852
Here begins the journal of Shagg, formerly a shoemaker. Tomorrow we leave Kanesville behind to begin our journey west to Oregon City.  We must still purchase the supplies that our small farmwagon will hold to sustain us during our long trek.
I hope that the following skills will prove of some use along the trail: riverwork, botany, musical, sewing.
April 1, 1852
Took advantage of the package deal offered to me. What a relief not to have to shop for all that individually!
Purchased 1 small farmwagon.
Purchased 10 oxen.
Saw buzzards circling today not too far from Kanesville Crossing of the Missouri River. If I were superstitious, I’d call it a bad omen.
Not much else to do, but cross our fingers, and hope the ice holds.
Had a lengthy chat with Mr. Lumare today near Winter Quarters Site.
April 2, 1852
The good citizens of the wagon train elected me as their captain. I plan to accept position of captain.
April 3, 1852
For a time today we feared we were lost. We were much relieved to find ourselves at an identifiable location, Elkhorn River.
Not much else to do, but cross our fingers, and hope the ice holds.
April 4, 1852
Reached Liberty Pole. Strangely beautiful country.
April 6, 1852
Arrived at Pawnee Village today.
April 8, 1852
Passed the hundred mile mark today.
April 9, 1852
Stopped at noon near Loup River and rested from our morning’s labors.
Decided to caulk the wagon and float it across.
April 12, 1852
Kit came down with a bad cold, and I decided to continue as usual.
Arrived at Mormon Island, despite some “help” from Nicholas J. Tillman.
April 15, 1852
Today’s wind whipped up a terrible duststorm. We shall continue as usual.
April 16, 1852
A sudden duststorm came up today. It seemed best to continue as usual.
April 17, 1852
Today we saw Deep Ravines. How sublime it appears by moonlight.
April 24, 1852
I just learned that Kit has pneumonia. It seems we’ll have to continue as usual.
April 25, 1852
Encamped a while near Sandy Bluffs.
April 27, 1852
Kit has pneumonia. I’ve decided to continue as usual.
April 28, 1852
Today’s wind whipped up a terrible duststorm. We shall continue as usual.
April 29, 1852
A very sad day, Kit has died of pneumonia. We will provide a proper burial.
April 30, 1852
Made our way past Cedar Bluffs late today. Trail could be better.
May 1, 1852
We had to double-team the animals to try to get our wagon out of the mud.
May 6, 1852
Pink has been bitten by a snake. I’m going to continue as usual.
Encamped a while near Castle Bluffs.
May 9, 1852
Today I saw Ancient Bluffs.
May 10, 1852
We hope for some rain to settle the dust. For the time being, we’ll continue as usual.
May 11, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
May 12, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
May 13, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
May 14, 1852
Reached another prominent landmark today: Chimney Rock Vista.
May 18, 1852
Today we have traveled 500 miles.
May 20, 1852
Today we reached North Platte River.
Decided to caulk the wagon and float it across.
Rested for a time near Fort Laramie.
May 21, 1852
Near Register Cliff, had a wagon train meeting to discuss our current circumstances.
May 27, 1852
Nooned near Ayers Natural Bridge.
June 2, 1852
Sore feet today, but I’ll manage. Saw North Platte River.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
Today our labors were rewarded with the sight of Mormon Ferry Trading Post.
June 3, 1852
Nooned near Emigrant Gap.
June 4, 1852
Much grumbling today about Nick Tillman near Willow Springs.
June 5, 1852
Raiden came down with a bad cold, and I decided to continue as usual.
June 6, 1852
One of our wagon wheels broke. We have to try to repair it.
We were unable to make the repair.
We were able to replace it from supplies.
June 7, 1852
Traveled past Independence Rock this afternoon.
After much travail, we came to Devil’s Gate.
June 9, 1852
A thick fog rolled in today. Looks like we’ll continue as usual.
An oxen is missing. This time we plan to continue.
Today I saw Split Rock.
June 11, 1852
Made it to Three Crossings.
Saw eagles today near Sweetwater River. What majestic creatures!
Decided to ford the river.
June 12, 1852
Found some quicksand ahead. I decided to continue as usual.
The mosquitoes have become quite troublesome. We hope to continue.
We had a oxen get caught in quicksand. Looks like we’ll continue.
June 13, 1852
Found some quicksand ahead. I decided to continue as usual.
The wagon train got caught in duststorm, and I decided to continue as usual.
June 14, 1852
Found some quicksand ahead. I decided to continue as usual.
In good spirits today; got as far as Ice Spring Slough.
June 15, 1852
Another step on the trail; today we reached Third Sweetwater River Crossing.
Fording the river looks to be our best option.
Saw an empty wagon abandoned on the trail today near Second Sweetwater River Crossing. If it could talk, what stories it might tell!
Fording the river looks to be our best option.
June 16, 1852
Today we passed First Sweetwater River Crossing.
Decided to ford the river.
After much travail, we came to Three Crossings.
Saw some Indians in the distance not far from Sweetwater River. No incident, but some concern.
Decided to ford the river.
June 17, 1852
Found some quicksand ahead. I decided to continue as usual.
June 18, 1852
Found some quicksand ahead. I decided to continue as usual.
We had a oxen get caught in quicksand. Looks like we’ll try to rescue the animal.
We were successful.
June 19, 1852
Just heard that there’s quicksand ahead. Looks like we’ll continue as usual.
Today we reached Ice Spring Slough.
June 24, 1852
Reached Final Sweetwater River Crossing. Strangely beautiful country.
Decided to ford the river.
After much travail, we came to South Pass.
June 25, 1852
The fog was awful this morning. We decided to continue as usual.
Found ourselves at Pacific Springs this day. Got a nasty splinter in my thumb, but extracted it without too much difficulty.
June 26, 1852
Arrived at Dry Sandy today.
June 27, 1852
We’ve come upon an area with bad mosquitoes. We will continue.
Happened upon a fresh grave near “Parting of the Ways”. A reminder of the hazards we all face on the this journey.
July 1, 1852
Saw a small, foul-looking pool of water near Green River. Could be poison; I prevented our animals from drinking it.
Decided to caulk the wagon and float it across.
July 4, 1852
Today is Independence Day and we’ve decided to continue.
Today we drove our wagons and teams past Church Butte.
July 5, 1852
Commenced early today; saw Name Rock.
July 6, 1852
Passed Fort Bridger.
July 10, 1852
We have been traveling for 100 days, today.
July 12, 1852
Today our eyes were greeted with the sight of Grave Spring.
July 13, 1852
Our path was blocked by fallen rocks on the trail. We decided to continue over the obstruction.
Our wagon tongue broke, and we decided to try to repair it.
We were unable to make the repair.
We were able to replace it from supplies.
July 15, 1852
Today we have traveled 1,000 miles!
Reached West End of the Sublette Cutoff about noon–about time!
July 16, 1852
After much travail, we came to Thomas Fork.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
July 17, 1852
Our wagon tipped over. We lost   22 pounds of bacon; 3 pounds of coffee beans; 6 10-lb. sacks of dried beans; 6 5-lb. sacks of dried fruit; and various other items.
[name] [have/has] a bad cold. We’re going to continue as usual.
July 18, 1852
We tipped the wagon and lost   32 pounds of bacon; 1 box of 20 bullets; 1 pound of coffee beans; 1 10-lb. sack of dried beans; and various other items.
Sang and told stories around the noon campfire near Smith’s Trading Post Site.
July 19, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
The mosquitoes have become quite troublesome. We hope to continue.
July 20, 1852
We hope for some rain to settle the dust. For the time being, we’ll continue as usual.
It was extremely foggy early today. We figured it was best to continue as usual.
July 21, 1852
The other wagons are churning up thick dust. We’re going to continue as usual.
July 22, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
Commenced early today; saw Soda Springs.
July 23, 1852
We hope for some rain to settle the dust. For the time being, we’ll continue as usual.
Reached Hudspeth Cutoff at Sheep Rock.
July 24, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
July 25, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
Nooned late today not far from Buckskin Mountain.
July 26, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
July 27, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
July 28, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
July 29, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
Had a bit of a run-in with another wagon party today near Marsh Creek, but we patched up our differences before nightfall.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
July 30, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
July 31, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
August 1, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
August 2, 1852
The other wagons are churning up thick dust. We’re going to continue as usual.
Rested the animals near Little Malad Spring.
August 3, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
August 4, 1852
The other wagons are churning up thick dust. We’re going to continue as usual.
August 5, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
August 6, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
August 7, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
The morale in our wagon party is low. We are hoping to continue.
August 8, 1852
The other wagons are churning up thick dust. We’re going to continue as usual.
August 9, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
August 10, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
August 11, 1852
We’re nearly choking on the dust of the trail. We’ve decided to continue as usual.
August 12, 1852
The eternal dust of the wagons ahead of us is most troublesome. We will continue as usual.
August 13, 1852
The dust from other wagons has gotten bad.  We decided to continue as usual.
Saw Raft River today.
Fording the river looks to be our best option.
August 14, 1852
We endured an extremely severe thunderstorm today. We decided to continue as usual.
August 15, 1852
Camped today near West End of the Hudspeth Cutoff.
August 16, 1852
We were fortunate to happen upon some wild vegetables. We will stop and gather vegetables.
We gathered 5 pounds.
August 17, 1852
We spotted a group of strangers and decided it would be best to continue at a distance.
August 18, 1852
Got a late start; passed City of Rocks.
Sang and told stories around the noon campfire near Salt Lake Cutoff Junction.
August 22, 1852
Passed Raft River.
August 24, 1852
The ox yoke broke, and I decided to try to repair it.
We were unable to make the repair.
We were able to replace it from supplies.
August 25, 1852
We were fortunate to happen upon some wild fruit. We will stop and gather fruit.
We gathered 11 pounds.
There was a wedding in camp today not far from Cedar Springs. A joyous occasion in the wilderness!
August 26, 1852
We found some wild fruit and decided to stop and gather fruit.
We gathered 18 pounds.
August 28, 1852
After much travail, we came to Deep Creek.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
August 29, 1852
Mr. Tillman claims it’s the Oregon Territory up ahead, but the guidebook says it’s Rattlesnake Pass.
Sang and told stories around the noon campfire near Blue Springs.
September 1, 1852
We were treated to a remarkably beautiful sunset near Malad River.
Fording the river looks to be our best option.
September 2, 1852
We lost   14 pounds of bacon; 4 10-lb. sacks of dried beans; 1 25-lb. keg of gunpowder; 1 box of matches; and various other items when our wagon became swamped in the river.
The wagon train reached Bear River this day.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
September 6, 1852
Traveled past Weber River this afternoon.
Caulk the wagon and float it across, that is the way to go.
September 7, 1852
The members of the wagon train dismissed me as captain. I plan to continue as a greenhorn.
September 9, 1852
We found some wild vegetables and decided to stop and gather vegetables.
We gathered 27 pounds.
Confounded mosquitoes! There’s no end to them! We’ll continue.
September 10, 1852
Today we reached Great Salt Lake City.
Arrived today at Great Salt Lake City. While it is not where we originally wished to settle, we cannot bear the prospect of continuing any further.  Here we are, and here we stay!
December 4, 1852
Obtained a land deed today from the county for 559 acres. Now I can begin to build my new life!
Final Score: 9380
December 5, 1852
Shagg settled in the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1852, building a home on 559 acres of land.
The fortitude and determination that had served Shagg so well on the Mormon Trail proved equally valuable in the new land, contributing to tremendous social and economic success.
A number of prominent names in Utah history, politics, and society have been numbered among Shagg’s descendants, including a U.S. Secretary of State, a World War I flying ace, and the multi-millionaire founder of a company that become one of the nation’s largest manufacturers of squirt guns.
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  1. the moral of this story is that not trying at all in this game makes you win.


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