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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 30th, 1859 -- Leaving Mountain Spring behind us, we passed over 10 miles of the cursedest road I ever travelled up and down, almost impassable precipices, and the entire track six inches deep with sand and dust, however we reached Goose Creek at last, and there unhitched for dinner. In the afternoon we drove 8 miles up the creek, on an excellent road. Just as we turned out, a mule train from Salt Lake City passed us, carrying passengers through to California for $40 a head, receiving at the same time $50 per hundred for back freight. No wonder goods of every description are so enormously high in price out here when such a ransom is paid for only hauling them, but the "Good" time is coming, there must be a railroad across the continent at no very distant date.

Travelled 18 miles. We crossed Goose Creek Mountain. It is a mile on the east to the summit and 9 to go down on the west side. In places on this side it is very steep. We travelled up the creek 9 miles and camped. It is excellent camping all the way up.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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