Distance: 1,246 miles from Nauvoo
This was one of the last canyons the emigrants descended through
before entering the Salt Lake Valley. Its high rock walls and narrow
profile made it a veritable, and frequently noted, echo chamber.
16 July 1847
is a very singular echo in this ravine, the rattling of wagons resembles
carpenters hammering at boards inside the highest rocks. The report
of a rifle resembles a sharp crack of thunder and echoes from rock
to rock for some time. The lowing of cattle and braying of mules
seem to be answered beyond the mountains. Music, especially brass
instruments, have a very pleasing effect and resemble a person standing
inside the rock imitating every note. The echo, the high rocks on
the north, high mountains on the south with the narrow ravine for
a road, form a scenery at once romantic and more interesting than
I have ever witnessed" (William Clayton's Journal ,
"Crosed to Echo Canion, that celebrated place whear every noise
makes an echo. The boys made all the noise they could going through.
It was truely wonderful" (Frontiersman: Abner Blackburn's Narrative,
ed. Will Bagley, , 61).
William I. Appleby
23 October 1849
"Moved early. Soon met a number of brethren from the Valley bound
for the States, with teams, some for transporting goods, etc., from
the States to the Valley. Bishop Hunter was among them, on his way
with means to gather up the poor from Iowa, etc., to bring on to
the Valley next year. Kinkade, of the firm of Livingston and Co.,
at Salt Lake City, was also along with them on his way to St. Louis,
Mo., to purchase goods for the Valley. Among the number bound for
the States, I recognized, besides Brother Hunter, Jedediah M. Grant,
Edwin D. Woolley, Abraham O. Smoot, etc. Soon after we met Brothers
John Taylor, Erastus Snow, Lorenzo Snow and Franklin D. Richards
of the Twelve, and Brothers John Pack, Green, Joseph Toronto, etc.
bound on missions to different parts of the world, viz.: to Sweden,
Denmark, Scotland, France, Italy, etc. Another company of Elders
had left the Valley for San Francisco, California, Sandwich Islands,
etc. These last brethren we met addressed us a short time each.
We bid them farewell with hearts full of love and blessings and
left them and they us and each pursued on our journey. We traveled
some ten miles, passed out of Echo Canyon, down Weber river, crossed
over the same, and camped near the ford, being about forty miles
from Great Salt Lake City. Day beautiful and warm" (William I. Appleby,
Journal, 23 Oct. 1849, as reprinted in the Journal History of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 29 Oct. 1849, 77:21).
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