Traveling six miles in the morning through Emigration Canyon, "we came in full view of the great valley or basin," Wilford Woodruff said. " A land of promise, held in reserve by the hand of God for a resting place of the saints. An important day in the history of my life and the history of the church."
All the people of Brigham's Party "gazed with wonder and admiration upon the vast, rich, fertile valley, abounding with fresh water springs," Woodruff observed. "Our hears were surely made glad. We contemplate that in not many years the house of Go would stand in the tops of the mountains."
President Young hadn't fully recovered yet from his mountain fever, but "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."
In recalling the 1847 event, Wilford Woodruff said Brigham had seen the valley in an earlier vision. While Brigham looked over the expanse below, the prophet, who had seen the future glory of the Valley said, "It is enough. This is the right place, drive on."
|President Brigham Young with Wilford Woodruff, coming into the Valley|
You can see this wagon at the Daughters of Utah Pioneer Museum.
The 111 day trek had ended. Many more Saints would follow soon after, following the trail the Saints had created for them.
|By Clark Kelly Price|