170 years ago today - May 26, 1847

On the pioneer trail Orson Pratt determines the height of "Chimney rock" to be 260 feet. In a bit of levity to lighten the spirit of the journey Orrin Porter Rockwell is humorously charged: "Sir, you are hereby commanded to bring, wherever found, the body of Col. before the Right Reverend Bishop Whipple at his quarters, there to answer to the following charge, viz:-'That of emitting a sound (in a meeting on Sunday last) a posteriorari (from the seat of honor) somewhat resembling the rumble of distant thunder, or the heavy discharge of artillery, thereby endangering the . . . nerves of those present, as well as disturbing their minds from the discourse of the speaker.'"

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