Joseph Goldsborough Bruff, 1849

August 12: “After dinner the Panaks came (Bannock Indians) again. They spoke several words of English. A party of these chaps; a young man on a very fine pony, a youth and an old man of a fat black mule, and a middle aged squaw on a mare. – They offered the squaw to us for a copper powder flask. Hauled the seine, and caught a number of suckers and trout. Captured several fat black mice and had a pie. – This broad bottom, for miles is the scene of animated life, enough to make one forget it is a wild country upwards of a thousand miles from our western frontier. – Band of oxen and mules grazing about, and cows among them, the tinkling of their bells, improving the semblance to a domestic scene. The bushes and grass covered with washed clothes; men, in groups conversing or reading; others rambling across the meadows and hillsides; and some bathing, fishing and gunning

A man and his wife, with tin pales, went from an adjacent camp, over the plain a mile, to a band of cattle, and returned with their buckets full of milk. – A delightful, lively scene, – only needed 2 or 3 cottages to complete the picture. The beautiful evening was enlivened with instrumental and vocal music.”