Forty-niner in Utah, page 173

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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
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Topic Mormons; Frontier and pioneer life; United States, West; Utah; Letters; Diaries--Authorship
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Date Created 2005-04-20
Date Modified 2011-04-07
ID 327931
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Title Forty-niner in Utah, page 173
Description April-June 1850 Wednesday June 8 [5] Mr. C. two men & myself got into the skiff & made for the Island before mentioned as separated from the main land by a few feet of water. This is a mass of rock rising abruptly from the lake & many of them being glazed with salt it was slippery & difficult to chain. The wind being a favorable one Cap. S. arrived at Pelican I. before the survey was finished. Thursday June 6. The whole party were up with the sun & so soon as breakfast was discussed, the boats were laden & we went on board, bidding adieu to our pleasant camp on Pelican Island. The lake was rough & the briny waves came in showers over the bow of the boat. I suppose that it is not more than 7 miles from Pelican to the main shore which was accomplished soon after mid day, & we again returned to shallow water & wading. The Capt with Mr C. started out to reconnoitre the country preparatory to surveying that part of Hastings drive which now comes in course. They had a long & thirsty walk & did not reach camp until nearly sundown. lo6 Friday June 7. I accompanied Mr C to make profile drawings of the chain of mountains S & W of the huge tract of mud & sand called Hastings dry drive. There is an occasional patch of grease the springs. They reached their destination just before daybreak, ate breakfast "with a keenness of relish unknown to more refined and less favored mortals," and then washed their faces and hands "the first time for days." Security water in their five-gallon kegs, the crew embarked for Gunnison Island where they arrived at 10 A.M. Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5, 4-5 June. lo6 After surveying the terrain from a high point about seven miles west and south of Camp No. 18, the two men concluded that the lake "must have extended over a vast extent of country . . . forming some very extensive isles surrounded by very shoal water, some 20 years ago-" The prospect was so bleak for a comprehensive survey from this point south to Spring Valley (Skull Valley) that Stansbury "determined to abandon, in this instance, the storm-line, and to run the line of survey to a point west of the water, as it then was, and thence to strike across the flat to Strong's Knob, triangulating upon the prominent points of the different ranges." In his formal Report, he explained the reason as being less hazardous and less costly in time but in his more forthright Journal, he gave an even stronger reason -that the delay involved in a more precise survey would "prevent our return to the States this year." As usual, Carrington was even more forthright, declaring in his Field Note Book that "from the 12th of June, by the order of Captn S the top-going is altered to a more expeditious, slap dash plan-signs used-" Carrington, Journal, 6 June, p. 31; Stansbury, Report, pp. 198-99; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5, 6 June; Albert Carrington, Field Note Book on Survey of Gt. Salt Lake, Record Group 77, "Records of the Office of the Chief Engineers," Field Survey Notes, National Archives. 173
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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
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Date Created 2005-04-14
Date Modified 2005-04-14
ID 327858
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