Continuing on from yesterday’s post …

“On the morning of the 25th [of August 1882], I broke camp early and traveled until I came to some grass where I stopped and gave the cattle a good feed from it, after which I made for Wadsworth.

“Wadsworth is an old town, and when the emigrants used to come overland through this great American desert, the sight of this place was most cheery after weeks of hard traveling. Since the building of the railroad the town has considerably improved; there is a depot on a large scale and the town has a population of twelve hundred. The railroad corporation has established a machine shop here for the repair of their rolling stock, which gives employment to many hands.

“It has two hotels, several stores, and many saloons; drinking and gambling are very common in this place. In an interview with the superintendent of the railroad about my route, he advised me to buy two ten-gallon cans, fill them with water and carry them with me, also giving me introductions to the station agents on the road, asking for water for my cattle. This was magnanimous; for hundreds of miles, water is transported by the railroad and deposited in tanks at the several stations from Wadsworth to Ogden for drinking and cooking purposes.”