We started after noon with about sixty-pound packs to each man. Traveled about eight miles and put up with Mr. Henry Farrill that night.
The land through here is comparatively level and is covered with the best fir timber I ever saw. The settlement is away ahead of the government survey, and the land is being taken up very fast. I think it is most valuable for the timber here, though there is some fine bottom land along the rivers.
The Quillayute is formed by three smaller rivers, the Sol Duc, the Calawah, and the Bogachiel. There is some indication of coal deposit here in several places. Some small prairies, one of about 2000 acres near the forks of these rivers.
We made the Forks post office by noon and put up with Mr. Peter Fisher. He has a fine farm located on a prairie of about 2000 acres between the forks of the Sol Duc and the Bogachiel rivers. The prairie is all taken up and is pretty well improved. Mr. Fisher has lived here twelve years. Has a nice orchard. Gave us each an apple he has raised. He says all kinds of fruit do well here. There is a small sawmill, run by water power, which cuts about 1200 feet per day. The mill is nearly all wood, except for the blade (saw).
Mr. Fisher has been nearly all over the country. He has followed the several rivers to their source, looking for gold and other minerals, but has not found any. There is some fine bottom land along these rivers, but it is about all taken up except on the Bogachiel, above the prairie. I think there is quite a lot of good land not yet taken.
At Mr. Fisher's we hired the women folks to take our wagon sheets and splice them into a tent. Bought some bacon, butter, coffee, and flour off them. Also some pans, spoons, knives, and forks.
Started Friday noon (December 13th):
With about sixty pound packs to each man, crossed the Bogachiel River about a mile and a half from Fisher's. Mr. Fisher had gone that far with us to show us a vein of coal that he had found, but could not locate it.
He took us across the river in an Indian's canoe. We bid him goodbye and went up the river about a mile and a half and camped in the woods. The upland, or second bottom, is comparatively level with good soil, hemlock, and spruce timber. Some cedar in places.