By William B. Smart
"This little-known excursion, led through Parley P. Pratt, hence had a wide influence on Utah background. It used to be additionally a dramatic and adventurous trip. The journals of the excursion - released entire in Over the Rim for the 1st time - checklist the feat of an strange occasion of righteous frontiersmen who, challenged by way of harsh climate and tough terrain, opened a fashion for Mormon growth towards the Pacific coast and alongside the best way documented a lot approximately either their new native land and the local Utes and Paiutes their humans might displace."--BOOK JACKET.
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His close attention to detail has done much to improve the product, as has his own expertise in western history and geography. Thanks to Tyler Leary for meticulous copy editing, to J M. Heslop for generously photocopying many of the portraits and other illustrations in the book, and to Chanize Kin and Michael Spooner for preparing the maps. Page ix Finally, though, thanks to Parley P. Pratt himself, to his officers and journal-keepers, and to the unsung members of the expeditionincluding William Henriefor their fortitude, dedication, and grace under the harshest conditions.
4 But for the Saints to stay in this appointed place, Brigham had to learn what was out there. Where in this vast, to him largely unknown region could be found the right combinations of water, soil, timber, grazing, building stone, and crop-producing climate that would make settlement possible? Others had been here before, of course, but none with the same goal as Brigham'sthat of building permanent homes. A few Spanish traders, slavers, or miners may have penetrated the Great Basin and/or the Colorado Plateau in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
By the time they returned, the men with wagons, according to their amazingly accurate odometer, would have traveled 526 miles. Half the party would have ridden an additional 190 miles on horseback to explore the Virgin River region. The trip would be more arduous than they imaginedthe snow deeper, the temperatures colder (as low as 30 degrees below zero), some of the terrain more rugged, the oxen less able to keep their strength on what grass they managed to find under the snow. Because of failing teams, dwindling supplies, and the unpromising character of the 120 miles of desert between what are now St.