Margaret A. Frink

These are excerpts from her diary as she traveled over “Big Hill” and through the Bear Lake Valley:

Friday, July 5: “… From here we drove on to the banks of the Bear River, some distance to the left, and took our noon lunch. Then we traveled on to Thomas Fork… The thermometer at noon showed eighty degrees.”

Saturday, July 6: “We started at six o’ clock, forded Thomas Fork, and, turning to the west, came to a high steep spur that extends to the river. Over this high spur we were compelled to climb… Part of the way I rode on horseback, the rest I walked. The decent was very long and steep. All the wheels of the wagon were tied fast, and it slid along the ground. At one place the men held it back with ropes, and let it down slowly. After coming to the valley. we drove to the river and rested some time for dinner. In the afternoon we went seven miles further, down the valley, and encamped at sundown by a beautiful stream…

Monday, July 8: It rained considerably during the night. Mr. Frink was on guard until two o’ clock, when he returned to camp bringing the startling news, that for some unknown cause, the horses had stampeded. We had no means of knowing whether it was the work of Indians or not, but it was useless to look for them in the darkness… (the animals were found the next morning) When we arose, we found the range of mountains covered in new-fallen snow. This is a beautiful valley, and when under settlement and cultivation, will be a delightful region… At half past ten we passed a village of Snake River Indians (Shoshone)…”

– Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1850