165 years ago today - Jul 21, 1847

Advance Scouts Orson Pratt and Erastus Snow are the first Mormons to enter Salt Lake Valley, and a day later the "advance company of Pioneers" arrive and begin planting crops. Snow writes in his journal: "From the view we had of the valley from the top of the mountain, we supposed it to be only an arm of prairie extending up from the Utah valley, but on ascending this butte we involuntarily, both at the same instant, uttered a shout of joy at finding it to be the very place of our destination, and beheld the broad bosom of the Salt Lake spreading itself before us."

[Source: Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower]

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