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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 176
Description During the afternoon a violent thunderstorm occurred & owing to Exploring Great Salt Lake a great change took place in the weather, accompanied with hail & a high wind the loose sand being an insufficient foundation for the pins of the tent, we had some difficulty in for- tifying ourselves against it. `I3 MoncIay June 10 I started to discover the beauties of Presq."4 It is composed of one large & precipitous hill & two smaller ones. I clambered up the principal eminence & near the summit among a quantity of broken & loose stones, the debris of the cliffs I found a curious fossil the remains of some reptile, the ribs & vertebrae are imbeded in the limestone but the remaining part is wanting."' These hills bound on the N E & W by the lake is on the S seperated from range of mountains running to Spring vally, by a tract of mud & sand about half a mile in width, covered in most places by unusually large Grease bushes; among the vegetation I started a young antelope who first looking inquisitively at the in- n3 At dusk the yawl and crew were sent across the lake to Willow Springs for fresh water with orders to spend the night at Horned Frog Station and then to return as soon as possible. Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5,9 June. i14 As Hudson explained later in this entry, the spit of land on which Camp No. 19 was situated was normally a peninsula or pvesque'ile but, with a directional wind, the water could be driven up to surround the small parcel of elevated land. Carrington recorded that the captain called "Presque Isle" by the new name of "Strong's Knob," and Stansbury took the time to note that despite a brisk wind after an early rain storm "which in any other country would have quite a pure transparent atmosphere. It seems however a striking peculiarity of this climate that no matter from what direction the wind may be, nor what its force, the atmosphere continues hazy & so obscure that it is impossible to see any object at a distance with distinctness." He thought this phenomenon might be caused by the elevation or the rapid evaporation but was not sure. It did hamper and slow down the survey operation. Carrington, Journal, 11 June, p. 34; Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5, 10 June. I15 Captain Stansbury commented on this discovery, "Mr Hudson found yesterday near the top of Strong's Knob, a very perfect specimen of fossilliferous limestone with the remains of some animal deeply indented. The back bone & ribs being very distinct & well defined." S tansbury was here much wiser and more scientific in approach by generalizing that the find was the skeletal remains of "some animal" and not specifically a "reptile." It is possible that this was the skeleton of an ostracoderm, a primitive fishlike animal whose remains have been found in Devonian strata in the Great Salt Lake region. Most investi- gators today would doubt the existence of reptile fossils in the area, and the Utah State archaeologist, who has spent some time examining the strata of the Lakeside Range, is of the opinion that Hudson's discovery may be "horn coral, " the remains of which can still be observed in these mountains. Stansbury, Journal, vol. 5, 11 June; interviews with David B. Madsen, Utah State archaeologist, and James J. Madsen, Jr., Antiquities Section, Division of State History, Salt Lake City, Utah, 24 November 1980. 176
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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 327861
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327861