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Forty-niner in Utah, page 172

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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 172
Description Exploring Great Salt Lake Monday June ,?d. With many picturesque views to transfer to paper, I started after we had breakfasted for the north end of the Island. During the day, I made two drawings of the precipitous limestone cliff which is the most prominent feature of the Island & towards Evening when illuminated by the setting, as the former views by the rising sun, a more extensive prospect of cove & lake, precipice & mountain, extending southward.`03 From a table a little less elevated I observed Capt S with a few men, on the highest pinnacle working hard in building a wall of the loose rocks scat- tered about, as a foundation for the station, reared upon this giddy eminence Tuesday June 4th. M C. today terminated the measurement of the Islands, including the smaller one,lo4 separated only a few feet from it, Pelican I. is nearly 4 miles in circumference; it consists of a chain of six rocky elevations, principally grey & black limestone & in many places coated with tufa; connected by low ridges the hills occupy more ground than these ridges thus forming small coves which describe part of a circle stretching in towards shore. There was nothing new in the vegetation upon the Island, grease bushes were thickly scattered over it diversified by the variously colored flowers already collected. The numerous birds appeared to have thinned animal life as I observed fewer lizards &c than is usual on the coasts of the Lake. Our water being exhausted, Capt S. & crew started for the eastern shore, leaving Mr C myself & 3 men in camp.lo5 of Gunnison Island. It was afterwards named Strong's Knob. The captain was appalled by the sight of "an immense sand flat" extending south over twenty miles and not having located any water on the west shore, he faced the prospect of a forty-mile round trip for water every day or so to supply his men. As he understated, "The case is a difficult one." Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5,2 June. lo3 Two of these sketches have been preserved in the Stansbury Report. Opposite page 198 is one entitled, "Limestone Cliff North End of Gunnison's Island," and the other, opposite page 190, is called "Gunnison's Island and Station-From the North." lo4 Cygnet Island, or as it is known today, Cub Island, is a "tiny exposure" of Missi- sippian rocks. Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 62. lo5 Having less than a day's supply of water, Stansbury and all but Carrington, Hudson, and three hands, left at sundown for Willow Springs just east of Flat Rock Point on Promontory and about twenty-five miles away. The crew rowed until midnight when a breeze from the south filled the sail and Stansbury remained awake all night steering for 172
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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 327857
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327857