(South side of the
North Platte River)
Distance: 646 miles from Nauvoo
Ash Hollow, its original beauty ruined by thousands of passing emigrants,
was noted by countless diarists. Many commented that Sioux Indians
often were at the site and in September 1855, General William S. Harney with a command of 600 soldiers attacked an encampment of approximately 250 Sioux. Harney’s soldiers killed 86 men, women, and children, took 70 captives, and looted and burned the encampment’s tipis. Ash Hollow also was a significant cholera
graveyard during the gold rush years.
William I. Appleby
24 August 1849
"Ten and a half miles traveled to-day; roads quite good; pasture
but middling; weather continues hot. Encamped opposite to Ash Hollow
on the banks of the north fork of the Platte. I was busy preparing
dispatches for the city in the valley of the Great Salt Lake to
send by Brother Campbell. Near by where we encamped were the bones
of Indians, sculls, buffalo robes, etc., supposed to have died of
cholera last spring and the flesh eaten off by the wolves" (Journal
of William I. Appleby, 24 Aug. 1849, as reprinted in the Journal
History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 27 Oct.
5 August 1850
first division left according to my coun[sel] though with great
reluctance. I spent the day at Ash Hollow mending waggons. We had
good Cold spring water in this Hollow which was a great Benefit
to the camp As most of the water we had to drink on the way was
either slew [slough] or Platt[e] water And seemed to be unhealthy"
(Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 18331898, typescript,
ed. Scott G. Kenney, 9 vols. , 3:566).
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