Forty-niner in Utah, page 164

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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 164
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake showers, which prevented running so far as anticipated. In the course of the day we discovered a spring of water having a taste of carbonate soda. This afterwards transpired to be one that Capt S. dug when travelling upon this route from Fort Hall. Here we stayed a few moments to enjoy the unusual luxury of a wash the first time I have performed an ablution since May 14. The midges were in myriads & annoyed us unceasingly. Our camp of this date is a manifest improvement upon the last, as it is within the un- usually reasonable distance of 1 mile from the skiff & abundance of fuel.87 It being late by the time the cooking utensils &c were brought ashore no tents were pitched & we lay with the starry vault for a canopy. Sunday May 26. The wind continues boisterous making the temperature unpleasantly cool. Mr C. discovered, the result of a walk to the summit of the mountain rising from the shore of the lake, that the survey would not be accomplished as soon as antici- pated, as the storm line instead of continuing south & in the direction of Tuilia Valley, bends N. W for the estimated distance of 20 miles, forming part of Hastings drive,88 a tract of mud & sand without a trace of water. 15th Encampment. 87Carrington, on this day, moved the camp, directing the men to take the supplies by the skiff to a spot on the shore almost directly west of Dolphin Island, for Camp No. 15. While the hands "some [with a] headache, some foot sore & all shiftless" were so engaged, "Mr. H & self" took the theodolite to run the line. During lulls in the rain storm, Carring- ton remembered how "the gnats & mosquitoes would blind one like a swarm of bees, filling eyes, ears & nose & covering face." Despite the storm and "the little energy of [the] hands," the crew chained three and three-fourths miles for the day. The record seems quite emphatic that Albert Carrington was the driving force of the expedition without whom the whole project might have foundered on the muddy shores of the sea of salt. Ibid., 25 May, pp. 21-22. 88 Carrington on this Sabbath heard "so much grunting about sore feet, belly aches & head aches from the hands, & for other good reasons," that he decided to "lay still this day-" But peripatetic and energetic as usual, he climbed a neighboring peak taking copious notes on the rock and mineralogical formations. Hudson's second-hand account of his employer's peregrinations and observations was somewhat confused. He was correct that the storm line as later entered upon the official map of the Stansbury Report is shown to extend west of the Terrace and Hogup ranges and the Lakeside Mountains but was wrong about the line running northwest for twenty miles to form part of Hastings Cutoff. John C. Fremont in October of 1845 had marked out a route south of Great Salt Lake and across the salt desert to Pilot Peak. He opened a road whose possibilities later captured the imagination of Lansford W. Hastings, a man whose daring at times degen- erated into irresponsibility. In the spring of 1846, Hastings led a group from California 164
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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 327849
Reference URL