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Edward T. Mumford Company (1868)

On 1868 September 1
Departed From
Benton, Wyoming
On 1868 September 24
Vehicle Type
Company Type
Church Train
Company Direction

According to Deseret News reports on immigration, the Edward T. Mumford company consisted of approximately 250 individuals and 28 wagons when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Benton, Wyoming. Salt Lake Telegraph reported five total deaths throughout the company's journey.

About 250 emigrants, principally people from England and Scotland who crossed the Atlantic on the ship Emerald Isle, traveled in E. T. Mumford's company. They traveled by train (in box and cattle cars) from New York to the wild and woolly end-of-track town of Benton, Wyoming (located 11 miles east of present-day Rawlins). This "Hell-on-Wheels" temporary town was inhabited by about 3,000 itinerant railroad workers, soldiers, saloon keepers, gamblers, and mule-whackers. Mumford waited there with his out-and-back teamsters for the arrival of the emigrants for nearly nine weeks. During that time several of the company's livestock were stolen. When the emigrants arrived at the rail terminus, they loaded passengers, supplies, and luggage into a mule train of 28 wagons and started back to Utah on September 1. They traveled in a northwesterly direction from Benton through Whiskey Gap and northward from there until they reached the Sweetwater River and the old emigrant road. At this late date, they encountered head winds and cold nights. They entered the valley through Parley's Canyon and reached Salt Lake on September 24. There were seven deaths in the company.

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