By Charles Baley
Throughout north-central New Mexico and Arizona, alongside the road of direction sixty six, now Interstate forty, there first ran a little-known wagon path known as Beale's Wagon street, after Edward F. Beale, who surveyed it for the conflict division in 1857. This survey turned recognized for utilizing camels. now not so renowned is the destiny of the 1st emigrants who the subsequent 12 months tried to stick to its tracks. the govt thought of the 1857 exploration a hit and the line it opened a promising substitute path to California yet anticipated things like army posts and constructed water offers to be wanted prior to it used to be prepared for normal commute. military representatives in New Mexico have been extra enthusiastic.In 1858 there has been a necessity for another. Emigrants shunned the major California path as a result of a U.S. military excursion to subdue Mormons in Utah. The Southern path ran via Apache territory, was once tough for the military to protect, and was once lengthy. while a celebration of Missouri and Iowa emigrants often called the Rose-Baley wagon educate arrived in Albuquerque, they have been inspired to be the 1st to aim the hot Beale highway. Their trip grew to become a rolling catastrophe. Beale's path was once extra tricky to keep on with than anticipated; water assets and feed for cattle tougher to discover. Indians alongside the way in which were defined as peaceable, however the Hualapais over and over stressed the emigrants and shot their inventory, and while the wagon teach eventually reached the Colorado River, a huge occasion of Mojaves attacked them. a number of of the emigrants have been killed, and the remaining started a tough retreat to Albuquerque. Their flight, with wounded partners and diminished offers, turned ever extra exhausting. alongside the way in which they met different emigrant events and confident them to affix the more and more disorderly and distressed go back journey.Charles Baley tells this dramatic tale and discusses its aftermath, for the emigrants, for Beale's Wagon street, and for the Mojaves, opposed to whom a few of the emigrants pressed criminal claims with the federal executive.
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After the evening meal was eaten 18 Disaster at the Colorado and the dishes washed and put away, many emigrant parties would gather around the campﬁre for some music, singing, or storytelling. 7 Emigrant trains would sometimes hold impromptu dances around the blazing campﬁre, but given the strict religious background of some of the members of this group, it is doubtful that much dancing took place. In spite of wet weather the wagon train made good time in traveling across the ﬂat prairie lands of Kansas Territory.
He believed that it was at least double what it should be, based on the value of his property and the number of persons in his group. He appealed to Gillum Baley, and through the latter’s inﬂuence, a considerable amount was deducted from his assessment. ” Udell then says that he resigned from Rose’s train and enrolled in Gillum Baley’s train. 14 Actually, the change made little difference since they all agreed to travel together. Not only did the army recommend Beale’s Wagon Road as the safest and shortest route for the emigrants to travel to California, but it also recommended a guide.
The day they passed Pawnee Rock was also the day that the wagon train traveled a record distance of thirty miles. Perhaps speed was more important to the travelers than vanity, or at least it was that day. The wagon train crossed the Arkansas River on May 24, 1858, at Middle Crossing. Udell described the river at this point as a swift-running stream about one-half mile in width, but only three feet deep. Some difﬁculty was encountered in fording the river due to the swiftness of the current, and quicksand on the bottom, but all crossed safely.
Disaster At The Colorado: Beale's Wagon Road and the First Emigrant Party by Charles Baley