later in 1849, an exploring party of fifty persons was outfitted to
determine locations for settlement between the Salt Lake Valley and
what is now the northern border of Arizona, some 300 miles south. Over
a three-month period the expedition covered approximately 800 miles,
keeping a detailed written record of the topography, areas for grazing,
water, vegetation, supplies of timber, and, in general, favorable locations
for settlements and forts.
expedition's report was quickly put to use. Additional settlements were
made in Utah and Sanpete valleys during the fall of 1850, and in November
of the same year a large group was sent to colonize the Little Salt
Lake Valley in southern Utah. During the next year settlements were
made in Juab Valley in central Utah, and still other settlements in
Utah, Sanpete, and Little Salt Lake valleys. Within three years after
the exploring party's return, Brigham Young had sent colonists to virtually
every site recommended by the expedition.