South Pass, 1868, James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush

South Pass, 1868, James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush

South Pass, 1868, James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush

South Pass, 1868, James Chisholm's Journal of the Wyoming Gold Rush

Synopsis

James Chisholm's journal exudes the smell of sagebrush and scenic panoramas, of torrential rain storms and night packing, of being small in a big land, and of honest, earthy people who, in business-like fashion, went about the task of risking life, limb, health, and what small fortunes they had, to hit the big one.

Excerpt

June 1867. In a windswept solitude on the crest of the Rockies, a little group of men began cutting up logs for a cabin. Fifteen miles to the southwest the Oregon Trail approached the broad and sandy expanse of a great pass. On the north and south sides of the pass, snow-covered mountain peaks cut the sky; within it rose two streams. That which flowed to the east ultimately discharged its waters into the Gulf of Mexico; the west-running stream emptied into the Pacific Ocean. This was South Pass, landmark and gateway for emigrants marching to fortune and freedom in the bountiful lands of the West.

But the men building the cabin were not planning on going anywhere; the territory beyond the pass held no allure for them. They were gold prospectors, and they had found what they were looking for.

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