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Forty-niner in Utah, page 162

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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 162
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake cumstance, to use an apparently anomalous phrase, that the dirt is not dirty i.e pure element white sand that easily rubs off when dry, as it is long since I enjoyed the luxury of a wash, water costing too much in severe labor to use save in necessary culinary operations. I walked across the plain, to the mountain which rises from its extremity; so bad was the mirage that at the distance of a mile water appeared on every side where actually nothing existed but dry sand & the reflection of the tents in the mirage was as perfect as though situated on the shore of an actual lake. After walking about 2 miles I reached the mountain, which at its base is thickly covered with grease, sage, & a variety of the same shrubs which we had not before met with, in the place of leaves, long spiral tubes [?] growing out from the stem.83 Judging from the debris there must be large quantitys of the compact limestone variegated with streaks of chrystalline carbonate of lime? which occurred on the eastern shore of the lake. I looked in vain for water, the only approach to it being the slimy liquid which oozes out from under the stormline & which is exceedingly brackish. Wednesday May 22. The day was stormy the wind blowing a hurricane which prevented Mr. C. from operating. The boys fetched water having a distance of 10 miles to travel before a spring is reached. 84 Thursday May 23 The wind still blew violently & we had some difficulty in keeping the tents perpendicularity. Although it con- tinually threatened rain, looking dark & stormy upon the moun- 83 The dominant shrubs of this area are: shadscale (Atriplex concertifolia), Spring hopsage (Grayia sponisa), Rabbitbrush (Chrysathamus nauseasus), Bud sagebrush (Artemisia spinescens), and Cottonhorn horsebrush (Tetrodymia spinosa). The shrub Hudson described may have been Spring hopsage which has leaves only one-fourth to one-half inch long but quite dense spikes for flowers. Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 348; Michael Treshow et al., Guide to the Woody Plants of the Mountain States (Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 19X)), p. 93; Seville Flowers, "The Vegetation of the Great Salt Lake Region" (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Chicago, 1932), p. 108. 84 Carrington reported that he had to send all the hands after water, "very hindering and annoying." They were forced to wade through the muck two miles to get to the skiff, then five miles by water, and then another two and a half miles "from edge of flat to where the water of springs is." It was so smokey he "could not see to reconnoiter-" Carrington, Journal, 22 May, p. 18. 162
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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 327847
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327847