“The water could be improved a bit by letting the mud settle out in a pail. ”Water poor white with clay of which the Platte and the Mo. [Missouri] are alike,” Ameila Hadley remarked. “But by taking a pail full, and by putting in a little alum, it will settle in a short time.
Another trick for water along the Platte was to dig a hole a few feet deep near the river and let clean groundwater seep into it. Springs gave the best water of all.”