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October 2, 1862: Millville

October 2, 2012

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Millville; by Tom Hilton, on Flickr

Camp 103

[Today] we left Shasta City. First, six miles southwest to the river, over the table-land before described—a table furrowed entirely into hills and gulches—then crossed the river, then rose to another table. This was unlike the first; it is in reality the head of the great Sacramento Valley plain, which at its northern end rises into level tables, perhaps six hundred to eight hundred feet above the sea, often for many miles without streams or deep gulches, bearing no gold, covered at this place with scattered oaks and pines, the soil dry, but barren because of its dryness only. The surface is as hard as a paved road, the trees and shrubs have a dry aspect, although they are mostly evergree, and all the herbage is long since dried up and gone.

We camped on Cow Creek, about twelve miles from old Fort Reading.

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