Brunson, Lewis, Autobiography, 1861, 16-17
On the 15 th of May, 1851, I started from Council Bluffs for G.S. Lake Valley with a company of fifty wagons under the presidency of Roswell Stevens. In order to avoid the high waters Our Company was counseled by Elder Orson Hyde to take a route so as to head the Elk Horn river, and consequently we had to travel through an unknown country, some two or three hundred miles before we struck the usually traveled road. After a very pleasant, though lengthy, journey of between three and four months, we arrived in Great Salt Lake City in the early part of September, and came to Provo on the fifteenth day of the same month.