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Journal of Western Travel

by John McTurk Gibson
edited by Weldon Hoppe
July 8th, 1859 -- It was on Green River that the Mormons last fall attacked, burned and destroyed two government trains, the remains of the wagons are still to be seen. It has rained pretty steady ever since daylight, and just before we started out a freight train going east after goods crossed where we were. A few miles from the ford we met two companies of U.S. soldiers, with all their baggage, supernumeraries, and other hangers-on, belonging to the army. 16 miles in all brought us to Harm's [Ham's] Fork of Green River, 4 miles up the fork we camped in good feed with a small company of soldiers about a quarter of a mile above us.

Travelled 16 miles. We are in camp on Hams Fork of Green River. No water between the two. This branch is about 3 rods wide. Trading posts here. We met to day about 300 troops from Camp Floyd & Bridger. We witnessed a thunder shower last knight & one to day. This seldom happens in this climate. The country from Sweet Water to here is a sand country, neither grass or wood. Scarce sage brush, it answers for fuel. From Green River to Bridger 50 miles.

Copyright © 1997 Weldon Hoppe
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