August 16, 1847
Location: Salt Lake Valley (the right place), Utah - The end destination for the trek across the plains.
Summary: The odometer is fixed and the companies preparing to go to the Winter Quarters.
Journal entry: MONDAY, 16TH. Spent most of the day fixing the roadometer and also finished marking the distances, camping places, etc., on Dr. Richards' map from Devil's gate to Little Sandy. In the Evening took the wagon in company with Jackson Redding and Howard Egan to the warm spring to try the roadometer. We found the distance to be one and a half miles
Most of the company of ox teams have started today for Winter Quarters. They will go to the canyon and wait there till morning. After dark, Elder Kimball called a number of us together in the tent and each one present selected a lot for himself and family. I had previously selected lots 1, 7 and 8 on block 95, but President Young broke into our arrangements and wished 7 and 8 reserved, consequently I made choice of lots 1, 2, and 3 on block 95.
Source: William Clayton's Journal
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