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Hastings Cutoff – Broad Hollow

“After we had encamped Mr. Newman and myself walked down the ravine to examine the road. We found that Mr. Reid’s [Donner-Reed] company last season had spent several hours’ labour in spading, &c., but finding it almost impracticable for the wagons, they had turned up a ravine [Broad Hollow], at the mouth of which we had encamped and taken a little more circuitous route over the hills.” – Orson Pratt, July 16, 1847

Utah Crossroads Chapter – OCTA


This is part of the series of California Trail markers I’ve been documenting on these pages:

Located at N 40.93511 W 111.56748

Broad Hollow

Unable to fight through brush and willows down Dixie Hollow, the Donner Party turned right up Broad Hollow at this spot, climbed to Broad Bench above, dropped down into East Canyon just above present dam.

Mormon pioneers follow, as did many others until road was cut through hollow years later.

In memory of the sick detachment of the U.S. Mormon Battalion which traveled north from Pueblo, Colorado to Ft. Laramie, Wyoming and then followed the Pioneer Trail into the Salt Lake Valley, July 1847.

Erected by Scout Troop 152, Syracuse, Utah / June 22, 1985 under the direction of U.S. Mormon Battalion, Inc.