Forty-niner in Utah, page 118

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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 118
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake Finding that the wagon train of supplies had not yet reached the post, he was forced to wait until October 6 before starting on the return journey. Arriving at Bear River crossing, he sent the wagons on to Salt Lake City under the direction of Lieutenant George M. Howland who had been detached from the command at Cantonment Loring for that purpose. Stansbury then headed for Cache Valley to make a reconnaissance of the area as a possible site for a military post. He was so impressed that both he and Lieu- tenant Colonel Andrew Porter of Cantonment Loring decided to winter part of their stock in Cache Valley with the consequence that the animals perished because of unprecedented snow. Stans- bury completed his examination of Cache Valley by October 1~~ Two days later he started on his reconnaissance of the deserts around the western side of Great Salt Lake which he thought necessary to gain some knowledge of the general features of the area as well as to ascertain what equipment and supplies he would need for the survey of the lake next spring. The little expedition was made up of Stansbury, Dr. James Blake, Auguste Archam- beault as guide, four other voyageurs, sixteen mules, three India rubber bags and a five-gallon keg for water, a small tent, a wall tent, blankets, and food.`" Stansbury recognized the danger of trying to make a "circum- ambulation" of the lake and wrote: "It was considered somewhat hazardous at this season of the year as water was expected to be extremely scarce, & I was credibly informed that numbers of trappers & others had repeatedly tried the circuit & had failed being obliged to return with the loss of most of their animals." He, nevertheless, determined to make the attempt." After a difficult crossing of the Malad River, the party followed the Salt Lake Road four miles west before turning south to double the Promontory Peninsula. Traveling along the east side of the Promontory Range, they rode all day only to find the avail- able water "almost unfit to drink." Rising by starlight, the thirsty 9 Ibid., pp. 94-96. lo Ibid., pp. 97-98. I1 Stansbury, Journal, vol. 3, 19 October; Dale L. Morgan, The Cueat Salt Lake (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1947), p. 226. 118
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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 327803
Reference URL