The Trek


Samuel Gifford

Journal Entry: Sweetwater River

"The horror that reigned in camps ahead of us cannot be described. Sometimes for miles could be seen, feather beds, blankets, quilts, and clothing of every kind strewed over the plains, also wagon tires and irons of every description, gun barrels, stoves, etc. etc. The botom of the Sweetwater was also lined with wagon tires, chains and other irons. And fresh graves could be seen in every direction.

We met some missionaries going east who said they met companies of the gold emigration that were driving twelve abreast, hurrying to get away from the Cholera" (Samuel Kendall Gifford Reminiscences, 1864, typescript, Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [microfilm], 8).

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