When we last checked in with Mr. Johnson, he had been making his way through the mud sloughs, and then stopped for lunch.

… “About half-past one, we passed Monument station, making no stop, and about four o’clock I made Lake station, or the salt works. Here I stopped and then went to the Lake. This lake is the most northern part of the big Salt Lake; from the railroad to the lake is not more than forty rods. At this point of the lake the water is very dark and blue and very strong of salt; seventy-five percent stronger than the Pacific Ocean. Here I was advised to leave the railroad and take the old emigrant trail, which would bring me out on the railroad near to Promontory. Should I continue on the railroad trail I would encounter many sloughs. I was told that two days ago, two teams attempted to come through on this trail, and one of the wagons had to be left in one of these sloughs.

“Crossing the railroad I took the left trail as advised, and coming to a small creek I stopped. I took my pail and filled it with water. I tested it and found it of a salty taste and hesitated about giving it to my cattle, not knowing what its effects might be on them. Both were thirsty, so I gave them a drink of it and moved on, passing Salt Springs. It was not yet time to go into camp, so we continued further.

“In front of me there was a tall mountain. My trail had been good and still was excellent, could not desire better; but what would be next I could not tell. I went on and soon came to another trail leading to my right; this is the old emigrant trail from Ogden to Corinne, Kelton, Terrace, Wells, and on to California. The mountain which was in front is now on my left, soon there will be one on my right, and then I shall be between two mountains; this is known as the divide. From the west to these mountains the ascent is sharp and heavy; from the east the ascension is not so sharp, but it is long. From the west to reach the summit, is two miles, but from the east it is nine miles, showing plainly the difference in the grade from the east to the west. When I reached the summit, it was quite dark, so we went into camp, making the horse fast to the right rear wheel and the cow opposite. I gave them some grain, made up my bed and laid down, but sleep there was none for me; it appeared the longest night on my whole journey.”

… to be continued …