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The Mormon Trail: A Photographic Exhibit
Brigham Young Entering Salt Lake Valley
Hafen: Brigham Young's First View of the Valley. Artist John Hafen's painting of the Mormon pioneers first view of the Salt Lake Valley
Brigham Young had fallen sick with "mountain fever" and was bringing up the rear with eight wagons. He was among the last to enter the valley, but his arrival July 24 made it official. Traveling six miles through Emigration Canyon "we came in full view of the great valley or basin," according to Wilford Woodruff. "A land of promise, held in reserve by the hand of God for a resting place of the saints," he thought, and declared this moment "an important day in the history of my life and the history of the church." Young, still feeling weak, "expressed his full satisfaction in the appearance of the valley as a resting place for the saints and said he was amply repaid for the journey," Woodruff later wrote. Nothing was mentioned in Woodruff's journal at the time about Brigham's having said, "This is the place." Thirty-three years later, in recalling the 1847 event, Woodruff said that Young, looking over the expanse below, saw the future glory of the valley and said: "It is enough. This is the right place, drive on."
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