175 years ago today - Jul 27, 1847

[Wilford Woodruff]

27th I took President Young in my Carriage & Started for an exploring expedition. ... We took our dinner at the fresh water pool & then rode 6 miles to a large rock ["Black Rock"] on the Shore of the Salt lake. We here made A Halt, And all went into the Salt water & we made up our minds at once that the great Salt lake ought to be added as the eighth wonder of the world. ... while standing to our waist in water we Could not get our knees to the bottom but would rise to the top like a cork. We found the most beautiful white Salt that I ever saw lying in bunches on the shore whare the water dryed away. The whole dody of the water will make at least 3 pints of the best quality of white salt to one gallon of water. ...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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