Forty-niner in Utah, page 159

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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 159
Description April-June 1850 being cool Walking so much over rough ground, has rendered me all but shoeless & my feet have suffered from thorns, those of the grease bush being to some extent poisonous occasion[ing] con- siderable inconvenience. The view from the summit of the Teton is necessarily from its elevation very extensive; I was able to trace the outline of the lake from Promontory P to our present camping ground looking over the low range of hills that intervene. The dreary landscape, 78 is composed of immense sandflats, irregularly dotted over with artemisia which enclose on every side the shallow lake, a succession of dark colored mountain ridges repeated until the more elevated snowy ranges fill up the background & complete the picture. Thursday May 16 We left the 11th Encampment & after pulling sailing & tugging the boats until Eveng, getting off & on the numerous sandflats, we ran aground & the articles necessary had as usual, to be lugged some mile & half. After all the exertion we were not more than 6 miles from 11: Camp. There was no wood on the shore & some cane was fired as a signal to Mr C. chain party of our whereabouts. It getting late however the Capt & myself started in the direction we supposed they would come & yelled until we heard them respond; having made their appear- ance, muddy, wet, tired & thoroughly disgusted with this God for- saken country, 79 we made for the little fire that just served to cook our coffee & having discussed it, turned in. 12th Encampment 78 Stansbury's view of the exertions ahead in surveying south along the west side of the lake agreed with Hudson's, "Prospect before us very barren & dreary." Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4, 15 May. 79 On this day the journals are filled with discouragement and descriptions of utter fatigue. The resolute Carrington wrote of a number of brackish springs discovered and decided to call the area Spring Bay. He ended his account of the day's exertions with "all very tired." Stansbury described in some detail the pushing and pulling operations necessary to get the boats over sandpits which ended with the yawl still a mile from shore. After the "usual resort . . . to our shoulders," the camp supplies were deposited on the "arid sand." The crew was then pleased to find two "streams of fresh cool water" about one-half mile from camp. With a few sticks of greasewood, some coffee, and a few strips of bacon "of which alone our provisions consist," the men waited for Carrington's crew and then all stretched out in the tents. Stansbury wrote, "There was very little joking & sky larking in camp tonight as the eternal fiddle had been left in the boat, & the men were very thoroughly tired out." Carrington, Journal, 16 May, pp. 15-16; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 4,16 May; St ansbury, Report, pp. 183-84. 159
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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 327844
Reference URL