Journey to Zion : From the Journal of Erastus Snow
Creer, Leland H.
Utah Humanities Review
April, July 1948
2-part series (107-128, 264-284)
April 6, 1847 to August 26, 1847. Snow crosses the Plains with the first Mormon pioneer company. Before leaving Winter Quarters, he blesses his family. He notes the organization of the company, weather, distance traveled, and natural resources. Snow describes the broad landscape of the Plains and its people, the Sioux and Pawnee. He receives a severe reproof from Brigham Young over lost stock, which he feels is undeserved. Sermons on excessive hunting and camp behavior are also recorded. Snow crosses the Platte River, naming those left to ferry later companies. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever breaks out, the symptoms and treatments for which Snow describes. He participates in a prayer circle held on Brigham Young's behalf. Although initially in the rear, Snow is sent to join the advance company in the Salt Lake Valley. He enters the Valley alone on horseback, offering a description and opinion of the land. He later explores the region, before hauling lumber, making abode bricks, and generally participating in the building of Salt Lake City. Snow is re-baptized and greets the advance company of the Mormon Battalion upon their arrival. In the final entry, Snow reviews the progress the Saints have made before leaving for Winter Quarters, Nebraska,