An Expedition to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake of Utah: Including a Description of its Geography, Natural History, and Minerals, and an Analysis of its Waters; With an Authentic Account of the Mormon Settlement..
by Stansbury, Howard
Philadelphia: Lippincott, Grambo, and Co, 1852. First Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 487 pp. 57 lithographic plates, (three folding, many tinted), one small folding map bound in. Accompanied by atlas volume containing the two large folding maps. Text volume in original cloth, with moderate foxing throughout and mild musty odor. Original map case in a darker cloth, rebacked with new spine. Both large folding maps remain clean and bright. One is completely unrestored, with small splits at some intersections; the other has archival tape repairs. In the spring of 1849 Stansbury was ordered to march from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to the Mormon country around the Great Salt Lake to survey that area and return by a more southerly route. His company "proceeded by way of South Pass in Wyoming to Fort Bridger, where Stansbury engaged Jim Bridger as a guide for the expedition. Dividing his men into two groups, Stansbury explored a new route to the Great Salt Lake by following a path between the Bear River and Echo Canyon trails. The expedition members spent the winter of 1849-1850 in Salt Lake City as guests of the Mormon population there….. Stansbury's later recollections of the Mormon leader and of his people are noteworthy, since they showed some objectivity toward the Mormons….[He praised] the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Mormon people, while allowing that their beliefs would preclude them from living with any other Christian peoples without "constant collision, jealousy, and strife" (Stansbury, p. 138). In the spring of 1850 Stansbury and his party of explorers made a complete circumnavigation of Great Salt Lake and surveyed the area. On their return journey, Stansbury sought to pioneer a new route that would go due east from Salt Lake City through the Wasatch Mountains. Stansbury located what became known as Cheyenne Pass and Bridger Pass; his return route would later be used by the Overland Stage and the Union Pacific Railroad" (ANB). Howes S-884. Flake 8358. Wagner-Camp 219:1, Graff 3947.
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