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HOLE IN THE ROCK - An Epic in the Colonization of the Great American West.

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One of the few published historical accounts written of the Mormon pioneers called by their President and Prophet to colonize the four corners area of Utah. The book chronicles their amazing trek down a narrow notch located at the rim of the Colorado River Gorge. Through the narrow slot they could see the Colorado River 3/4 mile away and 1,500 feet below. O
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Published January 1st 1998 by University of Utah Press (first published January 1920)
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Shauna
In December of 1878, President Erastus Snow of the Church of Jesus Christ called a group of men and their families to travel to South East Utah, the four corners area, to settle the region and begin farming. Preparations began in the spring of 1879 with some families going along what is now known as Moab and Monticello area. Some travelled south through Kanab, into Arizona and Moenkopi area. A shortcut was said to have been discovered. This short cut was the Hole in the Rock expedition. This is ...more
Jan
This is such an incredible story!!!

1. Did these pioneers know what they were getting into? Would they have gone if they did?
2. They traveled through the heat of the sun, the wild weather, and snow on the ground, having babies along the way.
3. They had to send scouts on ahead to find a clear path to travel. Then they had to build their own roads.
4. And the part I liked best: It was a woman who performed an incredible feat of strength through a precarious passage.
5. Jens Nielsen, and his wife Els
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Janet Wilcox
(Emily, Will, and Ruth--you need to read this, as you're related to Platte DeAlton Lyman and his journal entries are included in Miller's book.

Miller's book has withstood over 50 years of scrunity and research, and still remains the backbone of Hole in the Rock history. His use of letters, diaries, journals, etc. make it authentic and believeable, but very sparse and to the point. Recent discoveries of scattered stories from other pioneers on the trek, pretty much confirm what he stated in 1959.
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Bryce
One of the few published historical accounts written of the Mormon pioneers called by their President and Prophet to colonize the four corners area of Utah. The book chronicles their amazing trek down a narrow notch located at the rim of the Colorado River Gorge. Through the narrow slot they could see the Colorado River 3/4 mile away and 1,500 feet below. Over the period of 6 weeks in the dead of Winter the men of the expedition used hand tools and a small amount of blasting powder to claw out a ...more
Alan Marchant
I've always been curious about the Hole in the Rock because of my dad's enthusiastic if confused stories of visiting this pioneer history site in the four-corners sector of Utah.

David Miller's book provides a thorough if understated history of the San Juan expedition and their adventures down the "Hole" and across the badlands of Escalante & Lake Powell. By modern standards, the story deserves a lot more enthusiasm than Mr. Miller provides. But he remains true to the standards of professiona
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James
When I read the modern book "Undaunted" I noticed that this book was frequently cited as a source, so I decided to read it and am glad I did. It was fascinating. Written by a PhD who both thoroughly researched the history and hiked the entire trail, it has maps, pictures, first person accounts, and is very well written. One of the things that makes it so good is that, written in 1951, the Hole in the Rock expedition wasn't so long ago when the book was written. While much of the area is now unde ...more
Lana
I wanted to read the story of these pioneers from actual journals and letters. The author has sorted through all the written records, many written years later, and where discrepancies occur quotes both records and describes why one is more likely to be correct. He traversed the trail on his own (in 1950's when the book was published). It is well-researched; I did find myself skimming through a lot of details (dates, miles covered, etc.) that didn't interest me as much.
Dad
This is an excellent book about the pioneers called to settle Blanding, Utah. What stalwarts to travel impassable territory! Their efforts alone is a solemn testimony of the truthfulness of the Church. My wife Kristy and I were in Escalante when I bought this book and did some of the reading of it.
Kathleen
I read this as a follow-up to "Undaunted". This is a much more appealing style to me. Loved the detailed journal entries and straight forward "reporting". A remarkable story!
Jenette
About my Great, Great and Great Grandparents, So of course it's a 5 star!
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