DAYS 25-28 ......................................................................................................................................................... FROM LEES FERRY TO NEARLY TO CEDAR RIDGE

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Eggs and Mom's Cafe - Salina (Day 9)

Eggs Were Purchased In Gunnison

September 10, 1884 - Fayette to Gunnison (nooned) and Salina
Day 9 of 44 - (Week 2)
Fayette to Salina* = 22 Miles (Trip Total = 188 Miles)
Total Trip Average Miles Per Day = 20.9;  Average Miles per Day - Week 2 = 22.3  
*two miles South of Salina camped by river 

September 10 - 11, 1884
September 9 - 10, 1884

Original Journal
"We left Fayette went 5 miles Gunnison bought some eggs - went into the field turned out our teams.  Most of the grain not cut then we went to Salina which is a very salty place, from which it has derived its name, went to the river two miles from Salina and camped turned out our teams, on good feed - traveled 22 miles that day."

Final Journal Entry
"went 5 miles to Gunnison, bought some eggs, noon in the field, then to Salina for night, a very salty place.  Camped by the river south of Salina 22 miles from Fayette."

Gunnison and Eggs
Back on Hwy 89
Went to Gunnison from Fayette and bought eggs

Nooning in the Field
Nooned in a field - Centerfield ?
Centerfield today is next to Gunnison

From Sanpete County to Sevier County

Highway 89 to Highway 70
(Highways 24 and 118) Detail on Map

Redmond just before Salina

From Eggs to Coconut Cream Pie
Nothing better than homemade coconut cream pie
I can have eggs for breakfast
My favorite place to noon
posted on their Facebook page


The Sevier River was 2 miles south of Salina
The Andersons camped at the Sevier River

A Map of the Day

Google Maps and Research Tips

According to google from the corner of West Main and North State in Salina it is 1.8 Miles to the spot marked on this map near the Salina River. 2.0 Miles could mean anything over 1.5 Miles to 2.4 Miles due to rounding so this is a middle spot just barely on the other side of the river.  So they did camp "by the river" probably close to where the map shows.  They traveled 22 miles from Fayette so due to rounding the map could be off slightly, but we really don't know the exact path they took then.  Close enough for me.  I would say the odds are they camped on the South side of the river, but you could argue otherwise.

"Every family has a story that it tells itself, that it passes on to the children and grandchildren.  The story grows over the years, mutates, some parts are sharpened, others dropped, and there is often debate about what really happened.  But even with these different sides of the same story, there is still agreement that this is the family story.   A. M. Homes

The next post will help illustrate this quote by A. M. Homes.

When I was looking for "Cedar Ridge" where the Anderson's will noon tomorrow, I could not find a town by that name.   It made my day when I found a place with a sign that said "Cedar Ridge Station," and something on the door caught my attention..  In thinking about the next blog my mind could not help but wander.  If you grew up in St. Johns, I'm sure you will remember a St. Johns tradition.  Did it start at "Cedar Ridge"?  :-)


  1. I visited St. Johns years ago and loved it. I am curious to find out what the tradition is though.

  2. Thank You. Nice of you to ask.

  3. Grant - Love your blog. Especially since my great grandparents, Alexander Wilkins and Charlotte York Carter made a good portion of this trip from Mona to the Gila Valley. Here is a paragraph from his life story that lists the other people in their party. Maybe some of them carved their names on the rocks along the way: "Life in Santaquin must have been difficult and the winters were especially cold, so in 1883 they volunteered to move and settle in Arizona. At that time they were the parents of 4 little children. The trip from Utah to the Gila Valley in Arizona required about six weeks of travel and naturally called for a lot of hardships and sacrifices. They made the trip in the old covered wagons drawn by horses. While they were not molested by the Indians while making this long trek, people traveling ahead of them and people who followed them were. This company consisted of thirty-three people. The mother of Charlotte, Sarah York Carter, was one of the group. She was 72 years old at the time and she drove the team on one of the wagons all the way. Others of the group were William A. Carter and Edwin L Carter, brothers of Charlotte and children of Sarah, and their families. Also in the group were William Dale and his sister, Mary Ann Miller and her family. She came to join her husband who had come earlier to establish a home for his family. Traveling with them were Joseph Greenhalgh and family and A. M. Dixon and family."