Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Undaunted, Bluff's Settlers

Bluff is a small town that sits in the Southeast corner of Utah, right on the San Juan River.  Bluff is a town of less than 300 people and Bluff along with Blanding and Montezuma Creek and that area was initially settled by a group of Mormon pioneers.

These first settlers were called from the areas around Cedar City and Escalante and Parowan and surrounding, the more settled areas to the west and north.  They were called to make that trek and establish settlements in the Bluff and Montezuma Creek locales.

At the time they began their travels this area was very wild country.  The only people in that part of the country were some Indians and Outlaws that used the area to hide and get lost in.

Church leaders hoped that by establishing new settlements in these areas it would quell the rustling and the problems that were being experienced by the northern and western settlements and stop the outlaws from using the areas for hideouts or at least diminish the problems.

The journey of those pioneers is a story of unbelievable courage and endurance crossing some of the wildest and roughest terrain anywhere in this country.  A journey that was supposed to take 6 weeks ended up taking 6 months.

Even today that area of the State of Utah is a very remote and primitive area.  Gerald N. Lund the author of the The Work and the Glory series of books has authored a new book that is on the market right now entitled 'The Undaunted' and it tells the story of these stalwart individuals and their unbelievable struggles in completing the journey.

Like The Work and the Glory the story is told through the interaction of two fictional families who are part of the group and who participate in the journey.  The story is very compelling and engaging.  Gerald N Lund is a fantastic story teller, but it must also be remembered that the events, the hardships, the harrowing experiences were real and they actually happened to real people.

Those individuals who made that journey experienced a gauntlet of wild country, shear rock walls and canyons that could test even the hardest of mountain men, but these were families, husbands, wives, and children of all ages, even one born on the trek.

I have to say that 'The Undaunted' is a must read!

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