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Forty-niner in Utah, page 151

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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 151
Description April-June 1850 first I have seen, he was soon transferred to the jar of alcohol. From this circumstance the camp was called "Horned Frog camp." Glad to escape from the midges who torment us unceasingly6' I accompanied the Cap in the yaul, he steered in a N. Westerly direction until we came to a sandy shore with a rocky ravine running down to the lake in the bed of which we supposed might be water. It was however now perfectly dry, but had in the earlier part of the spring served to carry off the melted snow from the mountains. At this place the tents were pitched making our 7th en- campment. Seeing nothing interesting upon the shore of the lake on [blank] Tuesday May 7 I made a detour north of the lake expecting that by pursuing a N W course I should arrive at the camp about Evening. After passing several low hills covered with loose blocks of ragged rocks, I traversed a space so arid that the soil would barely sustain a little bunch grass the vegetation consisting almost solely of stunted artemisia bushes; not a flower graced this scene of desolation & the barren & sandy desert seemed capable of sup- porting but the few lizards who occasionally darted across my path. Tired of the monotony of this wilderness I left the plain & crossed the hills which intervened between this spot & the lake. Emerging upon the beach & the day being well spent, I made for the camp. The shore is indented by numerous bays with the prom- ontorys composed of rugged rocks principally tufa, scattered about in convulsive irregularity; every bay I rounded I expected to meet with Carrington chain party, but disappointment succeeding to disappointment, & tired with the rough travel, I began to imagine that I had lost the true direction of the camp. I also suf- 65 The captain also commented, "the gnats almost insufferable. The infamous plagues have become a very serious annoyance. Our ears & foreheads are all scars and blotches from the incessant irritation produced by them. From sunrise to sunset their attacks are unceasing, but the cooler air of evening frees us from their presence." Two types of gnats have been identified, biting and non-biting. Unfortunately for the Stans- bury party the biting variety are found in abundance from mid-April to the end of June exactly when the survey was underway. The non-biting kind are present from April to November. Carrington had a pleasanter experience this day, "hands up without calling, they are mending their habits-." Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 6 May; Carrington, Journal, 6 May, p. 10; Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 293. 151
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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 327836
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327836