Forty-niner in Utah, page 138

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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
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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 138
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake Wednesy April 24 At an early hour we had eaten breakfast & launched the skiff, our whole party with the exception of Henry the cook,31 who was left to pass the time in inglorious ease, went on board, & we steered for Fremonts Island, about the only one in the lake deserving the name as it affords an exception to the gen- eral rule of there being about a mile of slimy mud around it rendered anything but pleasantly odoriferous by a deposit of minute dead fishes, larvae of insects &c, & covered with singular round patches of dry dirt which I can compare to nothing else as they resemble nothing else but the excrement dropped from a cow, & the boat being able to approach inshore at almost any point. Had the waves run higher we might have been in danger of a cap- size, as the frail boat was heavily laden; we however made the distance in safety. After having clambered to the summit of Fre- monts peak, I affixed a cloth round the station, a disagreeable task as I have an instinctive aversion to giddy heights, & then having hurriedly finished the job, I took a sketch embracing the station & a fantastic dark rock of micacious brewa [?] & descended; the whole Island is thickly strewn with prickly pear, & a wild parsley bearing a yellow flower, while nothing living is to be seen save mice lizards & insects. Scattered along the shore are beautiful As for the other wildlife mentioned, Hudson's description of the "inquisitive lizard" is not sufficient to justify identification of the particular species. Hudson's "shocking crickets" could have been either the "California cricket," Stenopelmatus fuecus, which "prefers the hillsides where it burrows in loose soil around patches of scrub oak, or hides under stones or other objects" or the large grasshopper, Edipoda coraslipes, which was described by S. S. Haldeman as "probably the species which has been destructive to vegetation in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake." The rabbit could have been one of four species found along the lake: the White- tailed Jackrabbit, the Black-tailed Jackrabbit, the Mountain Cottontail, and the Pigmy Cotton- tail. The sand-hill cranes were identified by Spencer F. Baird as Grus canadensis, "brown cranes found during fall and winter in immense flocks in the marshes along Salt Lake." Today, this bird is not listed by Edwin V. Rowley in Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, as one of the seventy-two "more common" species found. Behle includes the Greater Sandhill Crane as a rare migrant. Stansbury, Report, pp. 319-30, 371; Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, pp. 291-92, 296, 298-300; 0. Whitney Young, "The External Morphology of the Stenopel- matus Fuscus, Hald" (master's thesis, University of Utah, 1933), p. 4; William H. Behle, The Bird Life of Great Salt Lake (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1958), p. 185. 31 Henry Standish, variously described as a "Mexican Negro" or a "mulatto," cooked for the expedition until May 11. Morgan, Great Salt Lake, p. 241; Carrington, Journal, 11 May, p. 12. 32 The sketch, entitled "Triangulation Station and Mass of Mica Fremont's Island." is found opposite page 159 in the Stansbury Report. Schist-Summit of 138
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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 327823
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