Forty-niner in Utah, page 130

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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
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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
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Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 130
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake The sun threw its warm rays upon the water & the almost con- stantly present mirage prevented us from seeing the actual land- scape After several efforts to land which were ineffectual on account of the shallow water 1~2 feet being the depth at the distance of up- wards of a mile from shore the yaul ran aground & although still at a considerable distance we had to wade to land; after traversing half a mile of slimy mud we arrived at a rocky ravine in which the tents were pitched.' This gorge led into a swampy valley inhabited by myriads of frogs whose inharmonious croaking made an appro- priate music to a scene which is the very embodiment of desolation We soon had however cheerful fires of sage & grease wood, which burns with a clear oily flame & retains the heat for a considerable time & by the aid of their genial warmth soon dissipated the dis- agreeable effect of being so long in the water. The root of the grease wood when seasoned is very hard & is used by the Indians for fish spears." crack, that it was totally unfit for the purpose." In one of the first voyages in the boat, Stansbury was nevertheless pleased as the party "moved along in all the dignity and complaisance of a first-rate, persuaded that no other craft of equal pretensions had ever floated on the bosom of these solitary waters." A few days later he had changed his tune and spoke of the boat as being "heavy & lumbersome, & moves like a log on the water." Perhaps this was the reason why the men soon converted its christening name from The Salicomia or Flower of Salt Lake, to plain-Jane Sally. Although sturdy enough, appar- ently the boat drew too much water for close-to-shore navigation in the shallow lake, and a flat-bottomed skiff was secured for that purpose. Stansbury complained that "None of my crew had the least knowledge of managing a boat, and I was therefore always obliged to take the helm myself whenever the sails were set." At other times the men had the fatiguing task of rowing the cumbersome craft. Stansbury, Report, pp. 150, 161, 170; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4,11 April; Morgan, Great Salt Lake, pp. 230, 232-33. 9 All four journals include numerous complaints of the difficulty of struggling through the shore mud which Gunnison once described as "where we have had to carry so great a weight of clay on our feet that the muscles of our legs are so lame they almost refuse to carry them." Carrington added that about two hundred yards from shore they had to traverse "a strip of stinking ooze over shoe mouth," while Stansbury recorded that the men were "much fatigued by their long continued exertions & wading in. mud & water." Camp No. 3 was made at "Rock Gate," so named by the captain for "a gateway which seems to have been cut right through a small knob." Gunnison, Journal, vol. 2, 6 October; Carrington, Journal, 12 April, p. 3; Stansbury, Journal, vol. $12 April. lo Greasewood is a dark green, erect shrub of three to five feet in height with many small spiny branches, a white or grayish bark, and narrow dark green leaves. Its roots extend to depths of fifteen feet, and the plant indicates the presence of ground water. Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 341. 130
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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 327815
Reference URL