The Howard Egan Wagon Train
The last wagon train over the route in 1849 left Fort Utah (Provo) November 18, 1849. It started with ten persons, traveling with three wagons and fifteen head of animals. Enroute, the Egan party caught up with and passed the Pomeroy train.
[ Howard Egan was born in King's County, Ireland, June 15, 1815. The family migrated to Canada and settled in Montreal. As a boy Howard went to sea. After several years spent as a sailor he settled in Salem, Massachusetts, and took up rope making. He married in 1838, became an American citizen three years later, and joined the Mormons the next year, settling in Nauvoo, Illinois.
When the Saints migrated to Utah, Howard Egan was a member of the pioneer band of 1847. He returned to the Missouri River that fall and brought out his family the next year. In 1849 he made the trip from Salt Lake City to California, as recounted in the diary printed below.
Subsequently, Egan continued his pioneering. In 1855 he opened, from Utah to northern California, a trail that ran a direct course south of the Humboldt River road. For years he carried mail across Nevada, and also engaged in the cattle business. He died in 1878.
Much of his career and that of his son Howard R. Egan, are recounted in Pioneering the West, 1846 to 1878, . . . ( Richmond, Utah, 1917).
The diary of the trip to Los Angeles in 1849, reproduced below,