Abigail Jane Scott, 1852

July, 16: “ . . . We traveled through the Bear River Valley in the forenoon: This valley is one of great beauty being covered with good grass with mountains behind, before and on either side in plain view with groves of fir trees noding at their top; (and spots of snow visible in many places) This (valley) is tolerably fertile and looks as if itmight be well adapted to raising wheat; At half past two o’ clock we came to two toll bridges build across a stream known as Thomas’s fork of the Bear River; They charges us one dollar per wagon for crossing the two bridges.
During the afternoon our road was over the mountains and were quite slippery in consequence of light showers which fell at intervals during the day. We encamped near the Bear River and find good grass. The mosquitoes are troublesome in the extreme: passed four graves.”

July 17: We came twenty two miles, traveling all day in the Bear River valley. The valley and mountains are covered with grass and the summits of the latter are adorned with splendid groves of fir making the scenery beautiful. We passed a (small) stream every few miles. The water runs very swiftly and is perfectly clear and very cold with a pleasant taste. A horse ran away today causing a train ahead of us to stampede.”

– Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, 1852. THE OREGON