|This is an aerial view of Baker Springs. Photo taken in the fall when every thing was dry.|
|This is Baker Springs 5 miles south of Park Valley. James John wrote: "6th. We traveled about 10 miles today in a south west direction and we killed a rabbit and an antelope, game being scarce. Here we were compelled to kill Oxen." The next day: "on the 7th we traveled 6 miles and encamped at the foot of a mountain near a small brook. Killed an antelope today. This night was cold and windy. There were some Shoshanen [Shoshone] Indians encamped near us. One of the agreed to piot us [to] Marys river for 6 lbs of powder and 100 balls..." The small brook was probably Dove Creek. The rest of the party overtook the Kelseys at the springs where Bartleson and Hopper returned with the information that the river was 5 days ahead.|
Optional tour to 6 September campsite (Private Property). This optional tour is on private property, and permission is required. There is a gravel road south of the Palmer Twins Service Station. Travel south and east on this gravel road 5.0 miles. You will come to some trees at Baker Spring, the 6 SEPTEMBER CAMPSITE. John Bidwell described this campsite:
"We travelled about 10 miles a day in a southwest direction and camped on a small brook. Today we killed some rabbits and an antelope. Game being scarce here we were compelled to kill oxen."
The marker at this site reads:
First Overland Emigrant Party
"We traveled about 10 miles today in a south west direction and we killed a rabbit and an antelope, game being scarce. Here we were compelled to kill oxen."
James John, September 6, 1841
2000 Utah Crossroads Chapter - OCTA BBU-10
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