Forty-niner in Utah, page 127

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Title A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Jounral of John Hudson, 1848-50
Creator Hudson, John, 1826-1850
Subject Frontier and pioneer life; Letters; Diaries -- Authorship; Mormons
Subject Local Mormons --Utah--Biography; Frontier and pioneer life --Utah; West (U.S.) --Description and travel; Utah --Description and travel
Description John Hudson, artist and writer, chronicles his travels from New York City across the Plains towards California to partake in the Gold Rush. What was to have been a temporary stop in Salt Lake City stretches to sixteen months and includes participation in Captain Howard Stansbury's expedition of the Great Salt Lake.
Publisher Tanner Trust Fund University of Utah Library, Salt Lake City, Utah
Contributors Madsen, Brigham D.; Cooley, Everett L.; Tyler, S. Lyman; Ward, Margery W.
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Relation Is part of: Utah, the Mormons, and the West, no. 11
Coverage Time: 1848-50
Rights Management University of Utah, Copyright 2001
Holding Institution J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah.
Source Physical Dimensions 14.75 cm x 23 cm
Source Characteristics Printed Hard Cover Book
Scanning Technician Karen Edge
Metadata Cataloger Kenning Arlitsch; Jan Robertson
ARK ark:/87278/s6v1242x
Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 127
Description Journal April -June 1850 April II th After having resided at the house owned by Capt. Stansbury in the City of the G.S.L. during a week,' the period which intervened between the Surveying first start & this present day I received a summons to join them by Mr Carrington who was sent to the city by the Cap. to execute some commissions. About 7 a.m. therefore I started in the carriage, & before we had proceded f ar we were joined by Flinn who had been engaged as a hand & was accordingly proceding to the Camp. The day was warm & pleasant, & the genial air gave indication of approaching summer, the road for some distance west of the city, led through swampy bottoms, in which were a great number of cattle feeding upon the rank vegetation & two or three bare legged herd boys hunting up a yoke of oxen to commence their ploughing, or the cow which had been recruiting all winter. This swampy ground passed, we came to beds of sand & soft marl which are occasionally overflowed by the Lake, this was hard pull- ing for the mules & we all, including the mules, felt releived when we reached Terra Firma upon Antelope Island." I observed upon & l Stansbury described this house in less than complimentary terms, "Our quarters consisted of a small, unfurnished house of unburnt brick or adobe, unplastered, and roofed with boards loosely nailed on, which, every time it stormed, admitted so much water as called into requisition all the pans and buckets in the establishment to receive the numerous little streams which came trickling down from every crack and knot-hole." Stansbury, Report, pp. 122-23. 2 Carrington, John Hudson, and a hand, Isham Flinn, loaded the "black" wagon and the "blue" wagon and at 6:00 P.M. reached Camp No. 2 on Antelope Island, located on the eastern side north of the Mormon church herd camp. Antelope, also known earlier as Porpoise or Church Island, is the largest of the islands in the Great Salt Lake, being 15% miles long by !% miles wide, with an area of 23,175 acres. The eastern shore slopes gently toward the water while the western side rises sharply. Its use as a grazing area for cattle, sheep, and horses started in 1848, and this activity was one of the reasons for the dis- appearance of antelope from the island by the 1870s. As in the time of the Stansbury survey, low water transforms the area into a peninsula which can be reached by wheeled vehicles. Carrington, Journal, 11 April, p. 2; Morgan, Great Salt Lake, p. 25. 127
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Source A Forty-niner in Utah with the Stansbury Exploration of Great Salt Lake: Letters and Journal of John Hudson, 1848-50
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327812
Reference URL