The Trek


    Elkhorn River Crossing

    Distance: 293 miles from Nauvoo

    This was one of the major river crossings faced by westbound emigrants coming from Winter Quarters.

    Journal Entry

    William I. Appleby
    July 15, 1847

    “Pursued our journey about 18 miles. Arrived at the Elkhorn River, where we found Capt. Dan Jones encamped with the Welsh company of Saints, and Capt. Silas Richards with his company of fifty, encamped about three miles west of the Elkhorn, awaiting our arrival.” 
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