Distance: 1,216 miles from Nauvoo
This is one of the last river crossings on the Mormon Trail. A
short distance east of the river crossing, Lansford W. Hastings
and his company turned north, but the Reed-Donner Company turned
south. Near this site mountaineer Miles Goodyear met the vanguard
company on 10 July 1847 and tried to persuade them to take the northern
track toward his trading post at the confluence of the Weber and
Miles Goodyear came into camp. . . . We are now within two miles
of Bear River. His report of the [Great Salt Lake] valley is more
favorable than some we have heard but we have an idea he is anxious
to have us make a road to his place through selfish motives. . .
. There is scarcely any wagon track to be seen on the northern road,
only a few wagons of Hasting's company having come this route; the
balance went the other road and many of them perished in the snow"
(quoted in J. Roderic Korns and Dale L. Morgan, eds., West from
Fort Bridger, rev. Will Bagley and Harold Schindler ,
Eliza R. Snow
30 September 1847
the Bear River Crossing, Caroline Grant, wife of Jedediah Grant,
died 26 September 1847. Jedediah made a forced day-and-night wagon
ride to bury his wife in the Salt Lake Valley, arriving 30 September
1847. She was the first white woman buried in the Salt Lake Valley.
Of Caroline, Eliza R. Snow wrote:
"I was with her much, previous to her death, which occurred so
near Salt Lake Valley, that by forced drives night and day, her
remains were brought through for interment. Not so, however, with
her beautiful babe [Margaret] of eight or ten months. . . . it was
buried in the desert" (quoted in Edward W. Tullidge, The Women
of Mormondom , 335).
8 July 1847
went and flung my fly onto the [water]. And it being the first time
that I ever tried the Artificial fly in America, . . . I watched
it as it floated upon the water with as much intens interest As
Franklin did his kite when he tried to draw lightning from the skies.
And as Franklin received great Joy when he saw electricity . . .
descend on his kite string in like manner was I highly gratified
when I saw the nimble trout dart my fly hook himself and run away
with the line but I soon worried him out and drew him to shore"
(Wilford Woodruff's Journal, ed. Scott G. Kenney, 9 vols. 
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