Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Hazards of the Trail

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Howard Egan kept a great journal on the trail west while traveling with Brigham Young’s group in 1847. Hazards occurred on the trail, in fact, to go a day without some type of hazard was the exception, not the norm.  April 27th he mentions they experience five hazards in one day. What were the hazards?
a.                  Natives, sickness, accidental shooting, Buffalo Stampede, wolves
b.                  Lost livestock, natives, weather, lack of water, accidental shooting
c.                   Weather, sickness, Buffalo stampede, sickness, lack of water
d.                  Lost livestock, handcarts breaking down, accidental shooting, weather, sickness
Yesterday’s answer:
D   Tasteless
Nancy Clement Williams’s reaction to Colonia Diaz, Mexico, in 1890, with its “mud houses and mud fences; the street full of Mosqueat,” was about as disappointed as that of Angelina Farley, who arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1855, complaining in her journal that “everything seems lifeless and tasteless. I can anticipate no rest or pleasure.”

Women’s Voices-An Untold History of The Latter-day Saints 1830-1900 (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1982), 5.

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