Lofgreen Trip

Account of Trip from Huntsville, Utah, to St. David, Arizona
by Louis Lofgreen

Tuesday, November the 6th, 1883, we (Peter A.Lofgreen, Ben Lofgreen, his brother, and Louis Lofgreen, his son) left Huntsville for Arizona; went to Ogden; stopped there about two hours; left there and drove to River-Dail; camped to John Fife's place. He gave us Lucerne for our horses. I slept with William Smith.

Wednesday, November the 7th. We left early in the morning. We Left River-Dail; fine weather; we camped for dinner (at) Kays Ward and at night in Bountiful.

Thursday, November 8th. Left early in the morning; camped in SLC at the Tithing yard for dinner; we stayed in town two hours, then drove to South Cottonwood and camped at N.R. Lindahl's. He gave us horse feed and supper. Rained part of the day.

Friday, November 9th. We drove to the point of the mountain and camped for dinner; drove to Spanish Fork and camped for the night at Tithing Yard; bought $.75 hay for horses; fine day.

November 10th, Saturday. Drove to Provo and camped for dinner; drove to Spanish Fork and camped for night at Tithing yard; bought $.75 hay for horses; fine day.

November 11th, Sunday. Uncle Ben and Pa went to meeting. I stayed at the wagon. We all went to meeting in the evening.. Fine day.

November 12th, Monday morning. We left; drove to Santaquin at noon and eat (sic) dinner at Bylon's place; drove to Mona and camped for the night (at) the Tithing Yard; bought $.25 hay and $.10 wood; broke our reach and had to buy a new one which cost us $1.75; fine day.

November 13th, Tuesday. Drove to Nephi; camped for dinner; drove to Levan; camped for night; bought $.50 hay; fine day

November 14th, Wednesday. Drove to Sevier River; camped for noon; drove to Gonesson and camped for night; fine day.

November 15th, Thursday. Drove to Salina; camped for dinner; drove to Willowbend; bought $.25 hay; camped for night; fine day.

November 16th, Friday. Drove to Richfield; camped for dinner; got dinner at Andrew Nielson's and stayed there for supper; got hay for the horses. I slept with John and James.

November 17th, Saturday. I went with the boys after wood, and he gave us all the wood we needed; when we stayed there I slept with the boys; fine day.

November 18th, Sunday. I got me a pair of overalls, $.75. We all went to Sunday School in the forenoon. Uncle Ben and Pa wentd to meeting in the afternoon. I was with a lot of the old playmates. I slept with the boys; fine day.

November 19th, Monday. We stayed at the Nielson's place till towards evening then we drove down (to) Niels Hendrickson's. He gave us hay and supper. Fine day. Uncle Ben sold his spring wheat to Benny (for) 200 lbs. of oats and 75 lbs. of flour. Uncle Ben traded watches with Frank Isabel. He got 300 lbs of oats and 100 lbs. of wheat. Fine day.

November 20th, Tuesday. We left Richfield; camped three miles south of Elsinor, and camped at night on Prickley Ridge. Uncle Ben and Pa went two miles from camp to get some water. Find day.

November 21st, Wednesday. We left Prickley Ridge in the morning and drove through Marysvale; went three miles south and camped for dinner; camped at night in Circle Valley; fine day.

November 22nd, Thursday. Drove about six miles and broke our axle; went to the blacksmith. He could not fix it but there was another man in town who fixed it. He charged $2.50. After it was (fixed) we drove three miles and camped at the head of Circle Valley. Fine day.

November 23rd, Friday. Drove to Panguich canion (sic); camped for dinner; drove to the town of Panguich (and) camped. The wind blaived (sic) (blew ?) all day.

November 24th, Saturday. (In the) forenoon we drove to Hills Dale, a small valley near the Rim of the Basin and camped for dinner; drove to Little's Ranch and camped for the night.

November 25th, Sunday. (In the) forenoon we drove to (a) place called Ranch, just on the South side of the Rim of the Basin and camped for dinner; drove eiight miles further, and filled our cags (kegs) with water at Sink Valley; drove five miles on and made a dry camp for the night.

November 26th, Monday. Drove to Jonson; reached there about 3 o'clock; stayed all night at Jonson; (It) is the last settlement in Utah. Fine day.

November 27th, Tuesday. (In the) forenoon drove eight miles and camped for dinner at the Navajo Wells; took water at Navajo Wells and made a dry camp on the top of Buckskin. Mountains; fine day.

November 28th, Wednesday. Drove 16 miles and reached House Rock at 1 o'clock; camped for dinner; took water; drove about six miles and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

November 29th, Thursday. (In the) forenoon drove six miles to Jacob's Pools and camped for dinner; drove about six or seven miles and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

November 30, Friday. (In the) forenoon drove eight (miles) to Soap onik (sic) and watered the horses and took water; drove three miles and made a dry camp for dinner; drove thirteen miles to The Ferry and camped on the banks of the Colorado River for the night; fine day.

December 1, Saturday. We crossed the river at about 11 o'clock. It cost us three dollars to cross. Drove to the Navajo Springs; camped for dinner; stayed there till 5 o'clock (and) then started again; drove ten miles to the Bitter Springs; reached there at about 10 o'clock in the night. We was wishing for rain too, you bet. Fine day; rained in the night.

December 2nd, Sunday. We drove nine miles to the Lime Stone Tanks and camped for dinner; drove eleven miles and made a dry camp for the night; cloudy all day.

December 3rd, Monday. Drove three miles; watered the horses and took water at the cups; drove five miles and made a dry camp for dinner; drove ten miles and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

December 4th, Tuesday. Drove four miles and to the Willow Springs; watered the horses and took water; drove four miles and made a dry camp for dinner; drove eleven miles and camped for the night at Moan Copie Wash. It rained a little off and on all day.

December 5th, Wednesday. Drove eight miles and made a dry camp for dinner; started and took water along the side of the road in the rocks; drove seven miles and camped near the Little Colorado. Fine day.

December 6th, Tuesday (Thursday). Drove ten miles and camped near the Colorado for dinner; drove ten miles and camped near the Colorado for the night; fine day.

December 7th, Friday. Drove ten miles and camped for dinner; drove ten miles and crossed the Little Colorado and camped for the night; fine day.

December 8th, Saturday. Drove ten miles and camped for dinner at the San Francisco Wash; drove eleven miles and took water (for) the horses at Willow Bend of the Colorado River; drove four miles further and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

December 9th, Sunday. Drove ten miles to Brigham City. We passed a small settlement to the left of us called Sun Set. Camped for dinner at Brigham City; drove ten miles and camped for the night; fine day.

December 10th, Monday. Drove seven miles and camped for dinner; drove eight miles to another settlement called St. Joseph; drove three miles and camped for the night; snowed a little during the night.

December 11th, Tuesday. Drove ten miles to Holdbroke (Holbrook); drove one mile and camped for dinner; drove nine miles to Woodruff; drove three miles and took water at the little Colorado River; frove one mile and damped for the night; fine day.

December 12th, Wednesday. Drove fifteen miles to Snow Flake (Snowflake); camped for the night; had supper at a man's place called P.C. Lunquist, the father of two boys who we caught up with at Little Ranch. One of the men had been back to St. George to get married. Fine day.

December 13th Thursday. P.C. Lunquist's - we ate breakfast there. Uncle Ben and Pa made a King Bolt out of a bolt I found on the railroad track as I was walking along. We all went to hear Jesse Smith preach. We bought 100 lbs. of corn which costed $2.50 and 23 lbs. of spuds which cost $.75. Fine day.

December 14th, Friday. We left Snow Flake; drove three miles to Taylor; drove frou miles to a crick (we didn't know the name of it) and camped for dinner; drove ten miles to Willises Ranch and camped for the night; fine day.

December 15th, Saturday. Drove three miles to a small store owned by George Ragnall; drove five miles further; passed through a few small hamlets that are on the banks of the Show Low Crick. We saw Ednard (sic) Ellsworth who used to live in West Weber, Weber County, Utah who wanted us to settle down with him. He would give us some land on the Show Low Crick. Camped for dinner at (the) Elsworth place; drove four miles and camped for dinner; fine day.

December 16th, Sunday. We laid over, waiting for ole man Burns till noon; drove ten miles; took water and watered the horses at a large tank; drove nine miles and camped by some water in (a) tank for the night; fine day.

December 17th, Monday. Drove ten miles and made a dry camp for dinner; drove eight miles and camped for the night on the bank of White River; fine day.

December 18th, Tuesday. Drove four miles; passed by Camp Apache; took water from the White River; drove two miles; made a dry camp for dinner; drove nine miles and camped by some water in (a) tank for the night; fine day.

December 19th, Wednesday. Drove ten miles and camped on the left bank of Black River; drove three miles for dinner and took water out of the rocks and watered the horses; drove four miles and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

December 20th, Thursday. Drove eight miles and camped for dinner; drove two miles and reached the Summit; drove four miles and took water; drove four miles and made a dry camp for the night; (it) rained.

December 21st, Friday. Drove ten miles and camped on the Divide for dinner; drove ten miles and made a dry camp for the night; (it) rained all day and part of the night.

December 22nd, Saturday. Drove three miles to Gila River and camped for breakfast and dinner; drove two miles and crossed the river; drove eleven miles and camped on the Gila River for (the) night; (it) rained a little in the morning.

December 23rd, Sunday. Drove three miles to Camp Thomas; drove six miles and camped on the Gila River for dinner; drove six miles to Smith Ville and stopped at Peter McBride's; had supper there; (it) rained.

December 24th, Monday. Stayed at McBride place all day; we bought 100 lbs. of corn, 1 dollar worth (of) pork, 1 gal. of molasses, $.75; fine day.

December 25th, Tuesday. Left Smith Ville about eleven o'clock; drove five miles for dinner; drove seven miles and took water; drove three miles and camped for the night; fine day.

December 26th, Wednesday. Drove eleven miles and made a dry camp for dinner; drove four miles; (a) Boyle's Wells bought water for the horses and ourselves; drove six miles and made a dry camp for the night; fine day.

December 27th, Thursday. Drove twelve miles to Bowie station; camped for dinner; took water, then drove nine miles and made a dry camp for night; fine day.

December 28th, Friday. Drove five miles to Fort Bowie; took water; drove two miles and met Bishop F.A. and F.B. Hammond and a Bingham of St. David; drove three miles and made a dry camp (for) dinner; drove eight miles and made dry camp for (the) night; fine day.

December 29th, Saturday. Drove fifteen miles to Mr. White's place and camped for dinner; drove eight miles and made dry camp for (the) night; fine day.

December 30th, Sunday. Drove seventeen miles and camped for dinner at Mr. Goodrich's Ranch; took water; drovethree miles and dry camped for (the) night; fine day.

December 31st,, Monday. Drove three miles to Tombstone; took water; drove one mile and made dry camp for dinner; drove two miles and camped for the night on the San Pedro River; fine day.

January 1st, 1884, Tuesday. Drove five miles to ST. DAVID. We found boys in St. David playing ball, running foot races and horse races. Arrived with right side up O.K.

The end of my trip

Louis Lofgreem, St. David

(punctuation marks were added to make the above easier to read. Copied from a typewritten copy received from Viola Lofgreen Zundell of Lake Point, Utah. Not sure how closely this copy duplicated the original.)