Heritage Gateways

Official Sesquicentennial K-12 Education Project
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Daniel George (Dan) Whitaker Journals

June 17, 1997

Location: Independence Rock - 314 miles left, Wyoming - [Sweetwater River]. (In low water the river is easily forded.) It has a peculiar shape and magnitude. There are many names of visitors painted in various places. on the southeast corner. 698 3/4 miles from Winter Quarters.

Summary: About noon.

Journal entry: dear people of the world
Today we are traveling to Indepence rock. We had to go up a big hill today my dad said that it was about two miles.

Someone falls off their horse here just about every day but nobody gets hurt. It was really windy today.

My brothers tried to get a bath in the river but it is muddy water. We all climbed on Indepence rock it is a big granite rock it got its name because a group of fur trappers spent the night there on the forth of july and celebrated they wrote Indepence rock on it

alot of pioneers wrote their names up their and some people found their ancestors names we didn't though.

It was a fun night. When we were going to bed a girl had an asthma attack and they had a helicopter come and help her it was pretty exciting. I thought I heard a rattle snake too while I was up there.

Well this is Daniel George Whitaker at Independence rock in Wyoming.

Ps did I tell you that the misquitos are thick thick thick