Forty-niner in Utah, page 054

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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 054
Description To the Plains in `49 majority of us started some 2 hours before the service commenced with the intention of seeing the Queen City of the West. After tra- versing streets filled with elegant buildings & shaded by trees whose foliage must during the hotter months of summer be a grateful shade from the rays of the sun. We ascended a bold & pre- cipitous hill situated in the midst of the valley. As we stood upon the Commanding emince I thought I never beheld a prospect that more required a panorama for its representation; At our feet & in the immediate foreground lay the beautiful City its white houses shaded by trees which add much to its picturesque appearance;19 Beyond the City winds the Ohio the numerous boats born upon its bosom giving life & animation to a scene of surpassing beauty. The background composed of well wooded & undulating hills dis- played every gradation of color as the rays of the sun were obscured by a passing cloud; the whole forming a scene that will long live in our remembrance & afforded us a sight that was cheaply purchased by the fatigue of the ascent & the soiling of our clothes. We afterwards attended an Episcopal church the prayer was however the only part of the service that deserved attention. The scenery on the Ohio is rather monotonous diversified only by thinly scattered hamlets, we constantly pass scenes that Dickens describes as the Eden sold to Martin Chuzlewit.20 Places whose I9 The site for "Losantiville," later Cincinnati, was laid out by John Cleves Symmes in 1788 between the mouths of the Great and Little Miami rivers and across the Ohio River from the mouth of the Licking River where the Ohio makes an abrupt turn. The city's population in 1850 was 112,198 whites and 3,237 "free colored," making it the sixth in size in the United States. It was the leading center in the West before 1850 for the packing, processing, and transferring of export goods. Cincinnati was also known for its manu- facturing and wholesale trade which included the Proctor and Gamble Company, established in 1837 to produce and market soap, and as a world center for the building of carriages and wagons. Called the "Queen City" by its proud citizens, the title occasionally degenerated into the less graceful "Porkopolis" because of the slaughter of many hogs, approximately 400,000 in the year when Hudson passed through. Thomas Senior Berry, Western Prices Before 1861: A Study of the Cincinnati Market (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1943), pp. 6-7; Cist, Cincinnati Miscellany, vol. 2, p. 237; Ambler, Transportation in the Ohio Valley, p. 172; Hall, The West, p. 313; Cincinnati Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration in Ohio, They Built a City: 250 Years of Industrial Cincinnati (Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Post, 1938), p. 5; Seventh Census. 2o Upon returning to England after his first trip to the United States, Charles Dickens published American Notes and then began his novel, Martin Chuzzlewit, based on his experiences in the "colonies" and especially his excursion down the Ohio River. Although defended as a caricature "of a ludicrous side, only, of the American character," Dickens's 54
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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 327739
Reference URL