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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 183
Description April-June 1850 Monday June 17. After partaking of a roast scarcely inferior to buffalo in taste, the yaul & skiff were loaded & we embarked for Carrington Island. 13' Owing to the intricacy of the channel it was Eveng before we made the Island although in a straight direction not more than ten miles from last camp. While upon the lake it was exceedingly cold & I was really glad to avail myself of the exercise of having to sustain animal warmth. We ran in against a heavy swell, but well in shore so that we had not many yards to wade. The water being much warmer than the air the transition was agreeable. Very soon large fires of drift & sage wood were lighted & with chattering teeth & trembling limbs we gathered round the cheerful blaze. The storm which had been some time gathering burst over us, but the tent being strongly pitched, shel- tered us from its fury. This is singular weather for the season & differs widely from the experience of former years. Tuesday June 18. We caught in the low sand which by slipping away from them prevented them escaping with their usual rapidity several fine lizards coloured like a massaga.`32 I joined Cap S. in a walk along the shore & to the summit of the Island. In itself it is unpicturesque in appearance being low, without bold precipitous rocks or scarce any other adjunct of beauty. It is well covered with grease & sage bushes which upon the beach attain to a consider- able size. No where have I seen greater number of sagos which are now flowering. 133 The geological character of the Island is similar 13l Stansbury decided that it was impossible to continue the work any farther south < by employing the boats. He determined to survey the remaining islands and complete the triangulation of the lake by using mules as transport along the southern shore. It took the entire day to move the boats over the many shoals in the ten-mile journey to Carrington Island where Camp No. 23 was pitched on the southeastern tip. Carrington Island, a rocky and barren area of 1,767 acres, lies about six miles north of Stansbury Island. Much of the time it is not an island at all but an extension of Stans- bury Island connected by a series of sand bars. Only when the lake level reaches 4,199 feet does it become a true island. Lambourne's Rock, the highest point, is 520 feet above the water. Carrington, Journal, 17 June, p. 35; Stansbury, Report, pp. 207-8; Gwynn, Great Salt Lake, p. 62. I32 Hudson probably meant "Massasa uga, " a word of Indian small, very venomous, dark-colored, North American rattlesnake. origin, applied to a 133 The sego, or sego lily, is a perennial herb with an edible bulb which is found in western North America. The word is of Shoshonean origin and has the common name, Sego lily mariposa. It is today the state flower of Utah. 183
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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 327868
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6v1242x/327868