Moving West
Next Stop, Fort Hall
~ 1850 ~

Buchanan County, Missouri
Copyright © 2000, Frederick Smoot. All Rights Reserved.

Folded Letter Sheet

Folded Letter Sheet.
Black circular postmark:

        St JOSEPH
Manuscript rate:
        Messers Jno & Jas Renny
        Clintonville Clinton T. P.
        Franklin Co.
From:         B. C. Kenny
St Joseph Mo Apr 24/50

Dr Sirs         I am at this time in a bustle as we are about leaving this place for the planes. Our company are all here but four wagons that will be in this day we think. I shall enclose Judge Campbells $100 note in this letter as this is my last opportunity. -- Boys all well & in fine spirits -- look for no more till I get to ft Hall but if I can write sooner I will. the fifty dollars I got of the Judge I shall use. I have braking mule today feel tierd But good health -- Many of the Boys straped -- I shall have enough But two price for evry thing.
No More But remain yours in haste
B. C. Kenny

Jno & Jas Renny
        This is my 3rdsince I started & one to Jas legg.
B. C. K.

        Fort Hall Idaho (near Pocatello) was built in 1834 on the banks of the Snake River. First owned by Columbia River Fishing and Trading Company, it was sold to the Hudson Bay Company in 1837. It fell into disrepair and was dismantled in 1863. Fort Hall was a major stop along the Oregon Trail (a.k.a. Oregon-California Trail) for settlers seeking the Oregon Territory and for those Argonauts seeking the California gold fields.

        See our Trails West Map. (99k)
From the Collection of Fred Smoot
Provenance: Richard Frajola, 2000

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