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Forty-niner in Utah, page 149

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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 149
Description April-June 1850 Saturday May 4 After walking some two miles across the sandy bed of the lake I came to a spot where sage & grease bush were thickly scattered over the surface; forcing my way through this vegetation I came suddenly upon a large lagoon, hidden by a ridge until clear upon its precipitous shore; I then turned in a more southerly direction & ascended an eminence covered with huge blocks of tufa, which were in many places strongly oxidized with Iron, near this spot Mr Carrington also picked up bitumens9 which he supposes to be erratic, being washed on the shore by the waters of the lake. I followed the trail of a wolf"" until I came to, what from the hair & bones scattered about, I judged to be their lair but in the course of my walk I saw nothing alive save lizards & insects. The camp was charmingly situated. The tents were pitched on a bench of the mountain commanding an extensive view of the lake with its numerous Islands, immediately under the descent the cooking fire was lit & from this point the shore covered with the usual vegetation of the country sloped to the waters edge? Sunday May 5. After a long nights repose, we discussed our sub- stantial breakfast, & then I accompanied the Capt. & Mr C. on a s9 The Stansbury party was evidently the first to report the presence of hydro- carbons, "bitumen: or the petroleum that forms it," in the Great Salt Lake area. Several short articles during 1904 and 1905 reported the occurrence of asphalt substances, and in the late 1800s and early part of this century gas was often encountered when water wells were blown out. Just before 1900 two small fields of gas near Farmington, Utah, were put into production from sands ranging 400 to 700 feet in depth. Asphalt seeps near Rozel Point (where Stansbury established his Camp No. 6) has encouraged drilling for oil at shallow depths which has resulted in a cumulative production of 2,896 barrels of oil at the rate of 5 to 10 barrels per day. In November 1977 the Amoco firm began drilling the first of six proposed wells in the north end of the lake expecting to penetrate to a depth of 10,500 feet. By 1980 the company had invested about $50 million in drilling in the north and central sections of the lake. There has been one discovery so far, near Rozel Point at the head of the lake. The crude oil from this well is quite thick and heavily loaded with sulphur. Gwynn, Great Salt Luke, pp. 115-24; Carrington, Journal, 5 May, p. 10. 6o Hudson may have seen the spore of a wolf for predators were fairly numerous in Utah at this time. Bounties were offered for killing wolves and other predatory animals and birds. 61 At this camp the water was deep enough for the yawl to be anchored near the shore, and Stansbury saw the commercial possibilities and speculated that a particularly fine specimen of limestone near at hand could be transported by boat across the lake to Black Rock and from thence by land transportation the remaining twenty miles to Salt Lake City. Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4,4 May. 149
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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 327834
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327834