Distance: 965 miles from Nauvoo
This site also is noted by most overland journalists due
to the countless names carved on it. Its use as a name
registry was already well established by the time Brigham
Young and the vanguard company passed it in June 1847.
21 June 1847
examined the many names and lists of names of the trappers, traders,
travelers and emigrants which are painted upon these rocks. Nearly
all the names were put on with red, black, and yellow paint. Some
had washed out and defaced. The greatest number was put on within
a few years. Some of them were quite plain of about 30 years standing"
(Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 18331898, typescript, ed. Scott
G. Kenney, 9 vols. , 3:211; spelling and punctuation modernized).
Samuel Harrison Bailey Smith
moved on until we arrived at Independence Rock. The evening of our
arrival I went up to the top of the Rock to hear the Band play,
and also to sing several hymns; while here, one of the company's
cows was poisoned by drinking below where two snakes were fighting"
(Samuel Harrison Bailey Smith Reminiscences and Diary, 2 vols.,
April 1856July 1863, Family and Church History Department
Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2:8).
Rachel Emma Wooley Simmons
heard so much of Independence Rock long before we got there. They
said we should have a dance on top of it, as we had many a dance
while on the plains. We thought it would be so nice, but when we
got there, the company was so small it was given up. We nooned at
this place, but Father staid long enough for us children to go all
over it. I went with the boys and with Catherine. It is an immense
rock with holes and crevices where the water is dripping cool and
sparkling. We saw a great many names of persons that had been cut
in the rock, but we were so disappointed in not having a dance.
Our company was so small, and we had not a note of music or a musician.
I was told afterwards by some of the girls that we had travelled
with that they had a party there, but President Young had all the
music with him" ("Journal of Rachel Emma Wooley Simmons," Heart
Throbs of the West, Kate B. Carter, comp., 12 vols. ,
Curtis Edwin Bolton
"Near Independence Rock I gathered about 50 lbs. saleratus [alkali
soda]. The evening we camped there, the band played most beautifully
til late. Some danced up on top of the rock where the band were.
It was a clear night and full moon. My team became so weak here
that I left Bro. Brigham's company and stopt on good feed one week
to recruit [recuperate], and killed and dried some buffalo meat"
(Curtis Edwin Bolton, Pioneer Missionary: History, Descendants
and Ancestors, Cleo H. Evans, comp., , 21).
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