Monday, July 27, 2009
Trek Across the Plains, July 27, 1849
Friday, July 27: Encamped on the Loupe Fork of the Platte, in the Pawnee country, having forded Cedar Creek; water quite high, running to the wagon beds of some of the camp. Passed a Pawnee village which had nearly been destroyed by the Sioux Indians in the year 1846. There are some fourteen huts, some of considerable size, yet standing, but uninhabited, the Pawnees being forced to leave and cross the river. There are a great many holes dug in the earth about the village, some six or eight feet deep, nearly in the shape of a jug; some of them large enough to contain a hundred bushels of corn to which use they were formerly applied.