Mayhem Wench (mayhemwench) wrote in little_details,
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Travel Times in 1848 California

How long would a trip from San Francisco to Sutter's Fort take in a buckboard wagon full to capacity with store goods (flour, beans, bolts of cloth, pans, etc.)? The trip is taking place in the second week of June, 1848. How long would the same cart take to get to Mokelumne Hill (in the Mother Lode), equally full, at the end of June?

I can't find any travel times for this period aside from travel between Missouri and California (is my uncanny ability to control the outcome of Google searches failing???). But since my 48ers are starting already in California, this isn't so helpful. :-(

EDIT: I forgot to mention, the wagon has been jury-rigged to be pulled by a pair of oxen rather than a pair of horses.

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