Utah, a Guide to the State

Utah, a Guide to the State

Utah, a Guide to the State

Utah, a Guide to the State

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When Lansford W. Hastings wrote his Emigrant's Guide to Oregon and California, published at Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1845, urging use of the Hastings Cutoff across the Salt Desert to California, he produced the first guide book to treat even partially the present area of Utah. Hastings' book recommended a wagon route that could be traversed with difficulty on horseback, but it led wagon travelers, such as the Donner party, to tragedy. This guide to the Utah of 1941 is more conservative. One of a series prepared especially for automobile travelers on hard roads in the forty-eight States, it warns the traveler of rough stretches, quicksands, and waterless deserts. Lesser-known areas, reached only on shoe or saddle leather, are treated cautiously and factually, without the Hastings bravado.

The collective author has striven for accuracy, but in sifting thousands of facts from fifteen million words of field material, has no doubt fallen short in many instances. Where error is observed, we should appreciate substantiated corrections, looking toward the possibility of a future edition. This book has, indeed, a collective author. Local, county, State, and Federal agencies, transportation firms, commercial associations, motor clubs, newspapers, travel agencies, and hundreds of individuals have been of assistance in furnishing and checking material. Educational institutions--the University of Utah, Utah State Agricultural College, Brigham Young University, and others--have helped liberally in special fields. Librarians have been generous with their facilities, including Alvin Smith, L. D. S. Church librarian; Miss Julia T. Lynch, librarian, and Miss Johanna Sprague, former librarian, of the Salt Lake City Public Library; and Professor Esther Nelson, librarian of the University of Utah. Dozens of technical consultants have given their time and special knowledge in reading and correcting manuscript; space permits listing only a limited number of them in the Appendices.

In preparation of the text, too, the author was collective. The Utah Writers' Project takes pride in its cooperation with other projects: The Utah Art Project prepared art work and maps; William Wallace Ashby, Jr.

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