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Forty-niner in Utah, page 128

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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 128
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake in the neighborhood of the Lake, Geese, Swans, & Herons & the lapwing uttered the peculiar cry which in my Country gives this bird the name of "Pee witr3 The Island makes a fine grazing ground & could fresh water be found for the purpose of irrigation would be a desirable location for farms as judging from the luxuriant bunch grass, small grain would grow with but little culture. We stayed a few minutes at the cabin of the man who has charge of the large herd sent here from the neighboring City" & after a pleasant extemporaneous meal upon milk butter & bread simple luxuries of which one is never sated, we resumed our jour- ney & reached Camp about dusk, it having taken the whole day to accomplish the distance of 29 miles.' April 12th After a sound sleep I awoke at dawn walked to the beach & endeavoured to wash in the lake. I say endeavoured as the water is so excessively saturated with salt, that soap loses its dissolving property & I could do no more than swi[ s]h [?] myself which left so considerable a coating of salt upon me, that I was compelled to 3 The lapwing or pee-wit is an abundant crested plover with upper parts and crest bronzy green, throat and breast black, and sides of the head and neck and most of the underparts white. The bird is noted for its slow, irregular flapping flight and its shrill wailing cry. 4 In the late fall of 1848, according to the journal of Benjamin Ashby, "Brothers Noble, Garr and Thurston took a ranch on Antelope Island." Abe Garr a former bear hunter, George Thurston, Old Father Stump, and Ashby drove a herd of cattle across to the island. Fielding Garr, in the fall of 1849, moved the stock belonging to the Mormon church to the island, and built a corral and a house "known for more than half a century as `the old church house."' The Stansbury party called the installation, Garr's Herd Camp. Stump was also still living there and remained for some years in a house he built of upright juniper posts with a dirt roof" at the head of a small, open canyon under a steep mountain wall." Stansbury had left his stock at Tooele during the autumn of 1849 but, on April 20, 1850, directed that the animals be moved to the island under the care of Garr, who was a bonded herdsman. The herd remained there until the Stansbury expedition left for the trip back East. Morgan, Great Salt Lake, p. 252. 5 Stansbury and Gunnison had taken a crew on the yawl and skiff to Mud Island to erect a triangulation station. This low rise on the eastern shore of the lake was located near the mouth of Weber River and had been named by John C. Fremont, "Peninsular Butte." Struggling to pull the boats through the ooze and mud to deep water, the party did not reach Camp No. 2 until nearly 12 o'clock "entirely fagged out tho still cheerful & willing," according to Stansbury. Carrington, Journal, 11 April, p. 3; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 11 April. 128
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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 327813
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327813