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William Clayton Journals

August 18, 1847

Location: Salt Lake Valley (the right place), Utah - The end destination for the trek across the plains.

Summary: As Pioneers return to Winter Quarters they have rough travels in the mountains near Brown's Creek.

Journal entry: WEDNESDAY, 18TH. We had a little rain this morning and the air very cool. We started at 8:00 a. m. and found the road rough indeed. When ascending the mountain from Brown's Creek, most of the teams had to double, it generally requiring six yoke of oxen to bring up an empty wagon. The descent is also very rough and especially where the road crosses the dry creek which is a great many times. Canyon Creek appeared rougher than when we first went up it and it took till near night to get to the end of the creek, having traveled only fifteen and three quarters miles during the day.

Source: William Clayton's Journal

Published by the Clayton Family Association, and edited by Lawrence Clayton. To the best of our research, this contents of this book are no longer under copyright.