Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
The trail we took was first used by Native Americans. They led Dominquez and Escalante down it before bolting. Eventually Jacob Hamlin and other pioneers used this route for colonization of Arizona. We also stopped and had lunch where the California Condor's are established on the Vermillion Cliffs. We saw a bunch of them from afar.
Old parts of a boiler once on a barge used for gold digging. AJ's company was ferried across the Colorado on a barge. He and Louisa lost their 2-year old girl "beautiful Winifred" on this trip. Mrs. Lee at the ferry helped them prepare for burial.
We found this marker with only W.J. inscribed on it. Could it be?
"Closed - but for a time - are Winnifred's eyes: Night and day - it seems for me - she cries!
I seem to hear her voice, above the river's roar - pleading with me, to visit her resting place once more!
At the Ferry of John D. Lee, where the muddy Colorado rushes toward the Sea!" Aaron Johnson, Jr.