Distance: 964 miles from Nauvoo
It was a high, dry, and difficult 50-mile overland
journey from the North Platte to the Sweetwater. Emigrants
traveling to Salt Lake followed the Sweetwater for some
distance towards South Pass.
"The Sweetwatter River rippeled along in its course from the lofty
sumit of Fremonts Peaks [in] the Rocky Mountains. . . . All the
companyes lay over to rest a few days in this lovely place [with]
the hunters after game and sight seers on the mountains. Continued
our journey up this stream with a gradual asscent untill we reached
the summit or the South Pass" (Frontiersman: Abner Blackburn's
Narrative, Will Bagley, ed., , 60).
horror that reigned in camps ahead of us cannot be described. Sometimes
for miles could be seen, feather beds, blankets, quilts, and clothing
of every kind strewed over the plains, also wagon tires and irons
of every description, gun barrels, stoves, etc. etc. The botom of
the Sweetwater was also lined with wagon tires, chains and other
irons. And fresh graves could be seen in every direction. We met
some missionaries going east who said they met companies of the
gold emigration that were driving twelve abreast, hurrying to get
away from the Cholera" (Samuel Kendall Gifford Reminiscences, 1864,
typescript, Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [microfilm], 8).
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