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William Clayton Journals

August 9, 1847

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

Summary: The twelve leaders decide on a name for their settlement: Salt Lake City, Great Basin, North America.

Journal entry: MONDAY, 9TH. At eleven o'clock Brannan, Captain Tames Brown, and several others started for San Francisco. Elder J. C. Little accompanied them to Fort Hall.

I spent three hours taking observations with the barometer with Elder Pratt to ascertain the height of the land on the creek above the city. Ensign Peak, etc. The twelve had decided on a name for this place and a caption for all letters and documents issued from this place which is as follows: Salt Lake City, Great Basin, North America.

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.