The Trek


Green River: Lombard Ferry

Distance: 1,128 miles from Nauvoo

George Ottinger, Courtesy Church History Museum

This was another ferry established by the Latter-day Saints in 1847 as a commercial venture and as a means of assisting emigrating Saints. Eastbound Samuel Brannan met the westbound vanguard company and Brigham Young at this site in 1847. Brannan, who was the Church leader over the Saints who sailed to California in 1846 on the ship Brooklyn, had traveled to meet the vanguard company in an effort to convince Brigham Young to continue to the coast. In later years, ferrying prices often created friction with gold seekers not bound for Utah and competing ferry operators. In the late 19th century, the site was known as the Lombard Ferry.

Journal Entries

Horace K. Whitney

“During this afternoon (at the Green River) we were all much surprised by the unexpected arrival of Elder Samuel Brannan who was at the head of the company of the brethren that went round by sea last year from New York city to California—He was accompanied by 3 men, 2 of whom had come thro' with him from the latter country—with 1 of them I was well acquainted.This man is [Charles C.] Smith & is I believe some distant relation of our prophet Joseph. He left Nauvoo (where I made his acquaintance) some 2 years since for Oregon. One of the other 2 men was one of the individuals seen with Mr. Bridger the other day—the other man I did not know.”

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Charles Darwin
July 1849

“Four dollars is the charge for wagons & fifty cents for packs & men. tho they do not hesitate to carry any one for nothing who is poor. perfect gentlemen are they, in conversation conduct & entire bearing.”

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