|The Last Wagon by Lynn Fausset|
If only the folks in Donner-Reed had done so well. They faced so many trials along the trail, some of them avoidable. The main one was being sold on the cutoff by Lansford Hastings at Fort Bridger. That California huckster had no business promoting the new trail.
While Hasting led a group down treacherous Weber Canyon, he left a note at present day Henefer that Donner-Reed should go up to East Canyon and over Big and Little Mountain. To do so, they had to cut through trees and underbrush to make a wagon road. It was an ironic blessing to the Mormon vanguard of the next year who took only a few days through to the valley while it had taken Donner-Reed three week.
|Meeting up at BLM West Desert District, Salt Lake Field Office|
|Horseshoe Springs, Skull Valley, Utah|
|My long-time buddy, right on the trail|
|Easy to follow trail here|
|Iron Rail Markers - less subject to vandalism by gun-toting vandals|
|Stansbury Mountains from Redlum Springs|
|Oregon California Trail Association Historian at Redlum Springs|
|Blooming Cacti near Redlum Springs, Stansbury Mountains in background|
|Top of Hastings Pass, Cedar Mountains.|
The wagons turned off where the new road first appears below and went straight up the hogback ridge to the right
|BLM Expert interpreting the route|
|The Last Wagon - 2017|
|Long-time friends of the last wagon|