The Trek

    West

    Samuel Harrison and Bailey Smith

    Journal Entry: Independence Rock

    "We moved on until we arrived at Independence Rock. The evening of our arrival I went up to the top of the Rock to hear the Band play, and also to sing several hymns; while here, one of the company's cows was poisoned by drinking below where two snakes were fighting" (Samuel Harrison Bailey Smith Reminiscences and Diary, 2 vols., April 1856–July 1863, Family and Church History Department Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2:8).

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