Distance: 1,065 miles from Nauvoo
South Pass, often referred to as the Cumberland Gap of
the West, is the threshold of the Continental Divide.
Pacific Springs, just beyond South Pass, bears its name
because of the westward flow of the water toward the
Nelson W. Whipple
24 August 1850
we past the South Pass as it is cald the captin told his Company
that if they felt like dancing to dance and injoy them Selves as
he felt as though we was deliverd from under the hands of our enemies
who would not have the power to abuse us as they had before done"
(Journal of Nelson Wheeler Whipple, 24 aug. 1850, Family and Church
History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
South Pass we found more brethren from the Valley, with several
quarters of good fat beef hanging frozen on the limbs of the trees
where they were encamped. These quarters of beef were to us the
handsomest pictures we ever saw. The statues of Michael Angelo,
or the paintings of the ancient masters, would have been to us nothing
in comparison to these life-giving pictures" (quoted in LeRoy
R. and Ann W. Hafen, Handcarts to Zion , 130).
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