An Overland Journey from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859

By Horace Greeley | Go to book overview

XVIII.
LARAMIE TO SOUTH PASS.

SOUTH PASS, Rocky Mountains, July 5, 1859.

I EXHAUSTED all the possibilities of obtaining a lodging in Laramie before applying to the commander of the post; but no one else could (or would) afford me a shelter on any terms; so I made a virtue of necessity, and applied to Captain Clark, who at once assigned me a room--there being few troops there at present--and for the five days I remained there I slept between a floor and a roof, after five weeks' experience of the more primitive methods of keeping cold and storm at bay. I was treated with more than hospitality--with generous kindness--by Captain Clark, Lieutenants Hascall and Follett, and Dr. Johns--and yet the long tarry became at length irksome, because I had already lost too much time, and was most anxious to be moving westward. Finally, the mail-stage from the East hove in sight on the morning of June 30, but halted just across Laramie River all day, repairing coach; and it was eight, P. M., when it started--I alone perched on the summit of its seventeen mail-bags as passenger-- he who had thus far filled that exalted post kindly giving way for me, and agreeing to take instead the slower wagon that was to follow next morning. We forded the swollen Laramie two miles above the fort, in the last vestige of twilight--had the usual trouble with mules

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