Archive for September, 2010

Bidwell-Bartleson Trail Tour

On Sat, 9 Oct 2010, you are invited to join the Crossroads Chapter of OCTA on the Bidwell-Bartleson 1841 wagon trail from Soda Springs, ID to Corinne, UT (west of Brigham City).

Meet at 8:30 AM, Sat, Oct 9, in Soda Springs, ID at the north side of the park (about 2½ to 3 hrs. from SLC).

$5.00 per car.

Bring a CB radio; buy lunch in Preston or bring a sack lunch.

RSVP: call or email Linda Turner by Oct. 4th to get on the list: 801-953-0370

The tour will be led by Roy Tea. There will be some mild gravel roads but mostly it will be a highway – smooth – EZ tour.

In 1841, Bidwell and Bartleson made the first wagon trail across Utah around the north side of the Great Salt Lake, down the east side of Pilot Peak Range, past several springs and through what later became Bidwell Pass and on to Big Springs in Nevada, where they abandoned all their remaining wagons and continued on to California riding and packing on their draft animals.


September 27, 2010 at 8:54 am Leave a comment

Hastings Pass Field Trip

Here’s a note from OCTA you might be interested in:

It’s time for Crossroads tovisit some of our old haunts. A tour is being led over Hastings Pass for those that have never seen it and those
that want to revisit it to see the changes. It should be a fun, relatively fast trip. Cost is $10.00 a car including one handout and refreshments.

Extra handouts will be available for $2.00 each. Don’t forget to bring your CBs, lunches and water.

If you are interested in going, please sign up at the BBQ OR contact
Linda Turner (801-953-0370, no later than Sunday September 12, 2010.

Our stops are planned to be:

A) 8:30 Donner-Reed Pioneer Museum [It will be open] (check-in and waiver signing etc) 90 North Cooley  Grantsville, UT 84029

B) 9:30-10:00 Delle, UT (I-80, exit #70) Meet at the service station.  (refreshments and convoy assembly)

C) Redlum Springs

D) Hastings Pass (lunch)

E) Grassy Knoll REST AREA

F) Grayback Hills

We should be through approximately 4:00 PM

September 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm Leave a comment

Your publications

It occurs to us (the royal “we”) that it would be cool to have a record of Westerners’ new publications (as well as other achievements) noted on this blog.

Yes, it’s true that some names might be popping up incessantly, but that’s a risk we must take. With that in mind, please do send by comment or email any books of the past year or the future that should be noted.

Take note that we have two  fine bookselling Utah Westerners (are there more that I’m not aware of?) ready to sell us any titles that catch our fancy:  (Ken Sanders Fine Books and Benchmark Books — Curt Bench).

(They didn’t ask for that plug–honest.)

September 7, 2010 at 9:34 pm 1 comment

Congratulations, Bob Steensma!

We just learned today that Bob was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the South-Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. He was surprised with the honor at the Society’s annual meeting (held in Salt Lake this year). As many of us know, Bob is a scholar of great breadth–and a gentleman as well.  His latest book is Wallace Stegner’s Salt Lake City.

The Utah Westerners are fortunate indeed to have people like him in our midst.  Congrats, Bob!

September 7, 2010 at 9:26 pm Leave a comment

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