Forty-niner in Utah, page 142

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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 142
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake with Mr C. to realize the often talked of bath which he had de- scribed as being so agreeable. As we walked along Mr Carrn pointed out the mineralogical curiosities of this section of the country We passed a perpendicular cliff abt 80 ft in elevation of alum slate, this mineral which is a very pure state will prove a valuable acquisition to the inhabitants of these mountains. we also collected some specimens of porphyry?43 After walking about 1 mile we came to a spot where stratified beds of silicious sandstone or basalt? jutted into the lake, upon these beds arose vertical masses of the same formation forming a wall & which screened us from the wind & reflected warmth upon the slabs which composed the floor of our bath house, against this rocky barrier the foam created waves dashed themselves in un- ceasing contention, a mimic ocean. Thus bounteous nature in prodigal mood, had made a bath fit for the ablutions of a Naiad." We soon undressed & were despite the chill felt on first entering enjoying our bath. The specific gravity of the water must be ex- cessive & it was the most pleasant thing possible to sit in the clear buoyant element & with the very little motion necessary to pre- serve a proper equilibrium be rocked in the cradle of the deep; bobbing up & down in harmonious concert with the numerous gulls who were enjoying their baths with as much gusto but less obstreperously than Carrington & myself"" 43 W L. Stokes has indicated that the rock formations on Promontory Peninsula are . composed principally of limestone, shale, dolomite, and quartzite. The alum mentioned was probably potassium aluminum sulphate while the porphyry would be the well-known rock which consists mostly of feldspar crystals embedded in a compact groundmass colored either dark-red or purple. Much of Hudson's knowledge of the geology he describes probably came from Albert Carrington. On this day, Stansbury noted, "Mr. Carrington also collected some mineralogical specimens. Numbered & labelled." Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 60; Jensen, Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1, p. 126; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 28 April. 44 Naiad was one of the nymphs who, according and gave life to springs, fountains, lakes, and rivers. to the Greeks and Romans, lived in d5 Of the many curious visitors who have recorded their adventurous first swim in the saline waters of Great Salt Lake, Lieutenant Gunnison's account has a more practical turn than Hudson's as he described how he and Carrington "rolled about on its bright and transparent waters like corks- and could easily stand upright with head & part of the shoulders out of the elements [?] & without touching the bottom. The brine is very strong. . . . It is disagreeable to have it dash against the face & lips." He added, "having been a month in the vicinity & not having seen it, the existence of Salt Lake might have been doubted-now the reality is known-" Gunnison, Journal, vol. 2,2O September. 142
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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 327827
Reference URL