all, the trek took six months. Food supplies were depleted, and teams
had been worn to the point of exhaustion. Two babies were born en route
and, miraculously, no one had died. The pioneers had toiled under the
most trying of circumstances in a harsh land. Most significantly, their
ordeal forged them into a self-reliant colony ready for the formidable
tasks of nurturing peace with the Indians, controlling the lawless who
sought refuge in the area, irrigating with the unruly San Juan River,
and eking out a living from the sun-baked land.
David E. Miller, Hole-In-The-Rock (1959); and Cornelia Adams Perkins,
Marian Gardner Nielson, and Lenora Butt Jones, Saga of San Juan (1968).