Journal of Western Travel
by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 22nd, 1859 -- Leaving Ogden City we again took the sandhills. Ben traded a yoke of lame oxen for one a good deal worse and we camped at noon in a place where the grasshoppers were skipping in thousands and had eat up every green thing. We tasted the bitter end of a raking windstorm, the air was completely filled with dust, and in order to prevent suffocation we did as they do in the eastern deserts, laid flat on our bellies till the squall went over. About mid-afternoon we got to a sulphur, salt, saltpetre, and soda spring all in one, and so hot that one can't hold his hand in it. Near night we made Willow Creek settlement and are now camped about a mile beyond.
Travelled 18 miles. We passed Augdon, a town of about 2000 inhabitants. We crossed Augdon Creek on a bridge, 50 cts toll. We passed some hot springs this afternoon. They almost boil. They are several in number. They rise at the foot of a mountain and run toward Salt Lake. They kill all the grass close by the water. We passed a small town this evening called Willow Creek.
Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe