62. Frink August 7, 1850

We finally came to the south bank of the river, which here had a westerly course. There was neither bridge nor ferry, and the water was too deep to ford. Some people had made a boat of a large wagon bed, which they had turned bottom upward in the river, with an empty keg lashed under each corner to keep it afloat. A long rope was tied to each end and men on opposite banks pulled it back and forth. When they had finished their crossing, they permitted us to use the boat. We piled our provisions, bedding, cooking utensils, hay, and all other stuff, upon it, and after many trips got everything safely over. When I crossed, I sat with my feet in the washtub to keep them dry.


The location below is the approximate camp location for August 7.