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[[underline]] May 22 [[/underline]], 1897

Crossed the Missouri River at California Junction and after crossing a narrow flat on west side of river began to climb up grade through a mile of deep cut banks to the little town of Blair, Nebraska.

The banks of perpendicular soft sandstone are honeycombed with thousands of swallow holes while swarms of the swallows fly around the bank.

Transferred to the mainline of U.P. at Fremont. Darkness came on at Sidney.

[[underline]]May 23[[/underline]]  Daylight at Rawlins,

Country rather barren but new grass is unusually plentiful.  No stock seen, a few Cymomys and S. elegans seen and 7 coyotes. Uinta Mts. heavily covered with snow. Streams all high and muddy.  Reached Ogden at 1:40.  The valley is far advanced toward summer.  Alfalfa is knee high.  The leaves are full grown & the weather is like summer.  Lots of snow on the Wasatch.  At Corrinne a wide open flat runs north and probably connects the Sonoran areas of Salt Lake & Snake River.