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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
Setname uum_ttb
Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x

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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 082
Description Frontier Utah forget to pray for your absent son & he does & will continue to implore his heavenly Father to pour down his choicest blessings upon you all. I will now attempt a description of the valley which is surely destined to become celebrated, as the people essentially public spirited will not cease their exertions until they have built a city in the heart of the mountains that will vie with any in the Union. The view from the Passenger Canon 16 miles from the city,22 where we first catch a glimpse of the valley is transcendently beautiful, cer- tainly no language of mine can describe it justly, after travelling nearly 100 miles through deep ravines up steep mountains & along roads almost inaccessible we ascend a mountain some 8000 ft above the level of the sea & from its summit see stretched out on either hand rock piled upon rock covered with eternal snows, while immediately pine which forms before us winds the steep descent covered with the entrance to the valley; in the distance the lake is distinguished as a blue mist spreading out until lost in the vastness of the landscape, other chains of mountains forming a boundary to this unparalelled picture. When in the valley the traveller is rejoiced at the prospect of comfort that the snug houses & well cultivated gardens hold out & is amazed that in the short a time this Country has been settled so much has been done to change a desert, which had been stated by pioneers to be incapable of cultivation, into a luxuriantly fertile country. The city is laid out in squares each house standing in a garden an acre & 1/4 in extent. these structures are not generally more than 11/2 story high & are built of adobes or bricks made of earth & dried in the sun. The streets cross each other at right angles dividing the City into blocks of 5 acres, these streets are very wide & will be planted with trees on either side, shading the artificial stream of water that runs through every road for the purpose of supplying the wants of the inhabitants & for irrigation by means of which all cultivation is 22 The first view of the Valley is at Big Mountain, the divide between Little Emigra- tion Canyon and Mountain Dell Canyon. It is about sixteen miles from the city as Hudson states. Passenger Canyon was not a well-known name for the route. Emigration Canyon was the main route through the Wasatch Mountains to Salt Lake ValIey until Parley I? Pratt opened his Golden Pass toll road through Parley's Canyon in early 1850. Manuscript History, October 1849, p. 149; MiIIenniaI Star 12 (1850):350. 82
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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 327767
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327767