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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 121
Description April-June 1850 Mountain at nightfall and warmed themselves by a large fire of cedar wood. The captain decided to spend this Sunday in camp trying to rejuvenate the nearly exhausted mules. The next morning the expedition moved along Hastings Road through Hastings Pass into Skull Valley where the mules were allowed to graze on some green grass growing near a spring, "a welcome treat to our mules, it being the first they had seen since leaving Cache Valley ." With the dangerous part of the journey over, the group crossed into Tooele Valley and then into Salt Lake Valley following along the edge of Great Salt Lake to Salt Lake City. Stansbury was utterly fatigued and impressed with the diffi- culties which the next year's lake survey would entai1.17 While the captain was occupied in his arduous reconnaissance trip to Fort Hall and around Great Salt Lake, his active assistant, Lieutenant Gunnison, had been engaged in establishing an astro- nomical base line six miles in length along the south shore of the lake. Starting on September 12, Gunnison completed the exacting task of driving sixty posts five hundred feet apart on the line by October 6. The Stansbury topographical engineers now had the base on which a network of triangles could be constructed for an accurate mapping of Salt Lake and Utah valleys. l8 Gunnison was ably assisted in his fall surveys by Albert Car- rington, a prominent Mormon who became the workhorse of the entire Stansbury expedition. A native of Vermont and a graduate of Dartmouth College, he had spent two or three years teaching school and studying law in Pennsylvania before moving to Wis- consin where he engaged in lead mining. In 1844 he gathered with the Mormon Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois. From his conversion in 1841 and his removal to the Great Basin with the first pioneers in 1847, he entered upon a lifetime of service to his church. He was speaker of the house in the legislature of the State of Deseret and acting as a counselor to Bishop Joseph L. Heywood of the Seven- teenth Ward of Salt Lake City at the time he was employed by Stansbury. In tribute, the captain wrote that Carrington "was without experience in the use of instruments; but, being a gentle- 18 Stansbury, Journal, Gunnison, Journal, vol. 3, vol. 2, 30 October-5 November. 6 September-6 October. 121
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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 327806
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327806