June California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 3

June 15 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail The grave of Mary Homsley (https://www.wyohistory.org/encyclopedia/grave-mary-homsley) is located close to Fort Laramie (GPS coordinates -104.566,42.222). While cholera was a predominant killing disease during the Overland migration in 1852, there were plenty of other dangerous diseases as well. Mary Homsley and her newborn child [...]

May California Trail Social Media Posts: Week 3

May 15 – A 5-month virtual road trip along the California Trail There were many streams like Elm Creek (GPS coordinates -96.612, 39.732) which had to be crossed in this area. But streams weren't the only thing on the minds of the emigrants. While passing through this region, Harlow Chittenden Thompson (https://www.octa-journals.org/merrill-mattes-collection/harlow-chittenden-thompson-across-the-continent-on-foot-in-1859), in 1859, wrote, [...]