"Near Independence Rock I gathered about 50 lbs. saleratus [alkali soda]. The evening we camped there, the band played most beautifully til late. Some danced up on top of the rock where the band were. It was a clear night and full moon. My team became so weak here that I left Bro. Brigham's company and stopt on good feed one week to recruit [recuperate], and killed and dried some buffalo meat" (Curtis Edwin Bolton, Pioneer Missionary: History, Descendants and Ancestors, Cleo H. Evans, comp., , 21).