Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 13th, 1859 -- No sleep at all last night, talk of mosquitoes. We got into a nest of overgrown ones, regular mountain galli-nippers. An hour's travel brought us to an excellent spring, half way down a long, regular, steep descent. 6 or 8 miles further we reached a nice gravelly creek where the Salt Lake train was camped, having formed a "corral" (that is: the wagons are drawn up in the form of a semicircle each wagon tongue lapping over another wagon, for the purpose of getting their wild cattle yoked up inside with little or no trouble). Another mile brought us to Bear River, where we all got a good mess of wild strawberries. There is a bridge here, we crossed however at the ford. There are two trading posts in course of erection. Leaving Bear River we approached Echo Canon (pronounced Kanyon) of Mormon celebrity. A great many springs and first rate feed as far as we have come today and that is about 18 miles.
Travelled 18 miles. We crossed Bear River. It is about 15 miles from Muddy, 8 miles is a good spring. The weather has settled. We had about 10 days of showery weather. We are camped in Emigrant Canon.
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