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Brigham Young Journals

June 27, 1847

Summary: Newspapers and unfavorable description of Salt Lake valley.

Journal entry: Sunday. Left the Sweetwater river and crossed the South pass of the Rocky Mountains and camped on the Dry Sandy after traveling 15 1/4 miles.

Moses Harris, a mountaineer, camped with us; from whom we received some Oregon newspapers and a "California Star" published at Yerba Buena by bro. Sam Brannan.

He said the country around Salt Lake was barren and sandy, destitute of timber and vegetation except wild sage.