By Peter Delafosse
An easy-to-use guidebook designed to assist readers keep on with the 5 significant Utah emigrant trails whereas touring alongside brand new highways.
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Extra info for Trailing The Pioneers: A Guide to Utah's Emigrant Trails, 1846-1850
Overland Journal is OCTAs quarterly magazine and contains scholarly articles and book reviews about historic trails. News from the Plains is OCTAs quarterly newsletter and provides information about national and local OCTA activities. Annual conventions are held during the second week in August and include presentations of papers, educational workshops, and field trips near the host city. Local OCTA chapters sponsor regional field trips and other activities. Utah Crossroads was organized in January, 1990.
Ivins described Mountain Meadows as "a small valley in the tops of the mountains, where springs spread over the surface and formed one of those beauty spots, found only in mountain landscapes. " The deep gully that cuts through the center of the meadows is the eroded bed of Magotsu Creek, a tributary of the Santa Clara River. It illustrates the erosion that occurs when trails are developed in the soft soil of a desert environment. The trail landscape beyond Mountain Meadows is richly diverse. The altered appearance of the meadows contrasts sharply with an original section of the Spanish Trail that can still be seen on the slope to the south.
Beyond the campsite, the trail reached Iron Springs, paralleling the present route of the Union Pacific Railroad. Dr. Thomas Flint who traveled this portion of the trail on 19 October 1853, observed: "Drove to Iron Springs and creek where we camped. " The Spanish Trail followed Iron Springs Creek in a northwesterly direction, extending into the southern fringe of the Escalante Desert. 3 miles), at the northern base of the Antelope Range. The distance from Iron Springs to Antelope Spring closely fits the mileage indicated by Addison Pratt on 2 November 1849.
Trailing The Pioneers: A Guide to Utah's Emigrant Trails, 1846-1850 by Peter Delafosse