Forty-niner in Utah, page 148

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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
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 148
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake in pursuit of gulls, about the only feathered inhabitant of this region. The hut was constructed of reeds & cane of a conical shape & before it was a pool of fresh water supplied from one of the numerous water courses running from the mountains. Hither the gulls came to drink & are then easily shot by the Indian who takes his position in the hut. Upon my arrival at the camp I found that the Indians had preceded me & were patiently sitting round the cooks fire. The Capt ordered that they should be fed & after they had discussed a huge mess of soup, they mounted their ponys & returned home."' Friday May 3 Passed a fine well 4 ft deep of pretty good water; from the stream I obtained some bugological specimen. The mirage today has been cutting up its eccentric vagaries, dividing mountains, elevating land which appear suspended in mid air & enveloping the whole landscape in a dancing haze. At- tempted to sketch the appearance of the lake."" The N.E. portion of the lake is a vast sandy plain & in many places there is a strong deposit of common salt & saleratus. The lake is preposterously shallow & we had a hearty laugh at the cir- cumstance of the anchor of the yaul being above water. 57 The three Indians were no doubt Northwestern Shoshoni whose description by Hudson suggests that they were buffalo hunters with the plains traits associated with that culture. Their lodges were located about three-fourths of a mile north of this temporary camp of the survey crew. Stansbury recorded that they "expressed much curiosity at the size of the boat, and by signs informed me that they would very much like to borrow it, to pay a visit to the islands in the lake, some of which they gave me to understand they had never reached. Indeed, I doubt if they had ever placed a canoe upon the waters." Madsen, Northern Shoshoni, ch. 2; Stansbury, Report, p. 174. 58 This sketch has apparently not survived. Carrington complained that "the mirage on a wide sand flat & my low position prevented me from determining the water line," and Stansbury noted the "immense flat of sand, destitute of the least sign of vegetation, and only a few inches above the level of the water, which covers a large portion of it whenever a fresh wind prevails from the south." It was impossible to get the yawl closer than a half mile from shore while the skiff struck bottom a quarter mile away from this overnight camp which was set up on the "naked sand." The men had to carry the camp supplies through the soggy underfooting, a very laborious task. In addition, the crew was forced to forage for fire wood at the base of the nearest hill about a half mile away, another chore which they faced nearly every day. As for drinking water, the Indian visitors informed Stansbury that except for the springs on the west side of Promontory, there was no other drinkable water until near the south end of the lake. On many days the available water was severely rationed while the yawl was kept busy fetching fresh supplies from Promon- tory springs. Carrington, Journal, 3 May, p. 9; Stansbury, Report, pp. 174-76; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4,3 May. 148
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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 327833
Reference URL