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The Rim Road

The main trail did not follow down past the Dibble inscription but asended Williams Hollow (past William Bedford's grave) and followed the ridge of the mountain range for about eight miles until it reached Aspen Summit. Dr. LaMar Berrett named this section of the trail "The Rim Road."

Howard Standsbury, September 4, 1850 (traveling east)

"Returned to our place of nooning, we again struck into the road, and, passing over a level country for two or three miles, we at length ascended the ridge [Aspen Summit one of the highest points on the trail] dividing the waters which discharge themselves within the Great Basin, from those which flow into the Pacific. The ascent is gentle and winding. Numerous springs burst out on either side, near the summit of the ridge[Quaking Aspen Springs], admid groves of aspen, which cover the sides of the surrounding hills. . . Following a ridge for about eight miles from "the Rim of the Basin," we encamped at Red or Copperas Spring, a tributary of the Muddy, (an affluent of Green River,) after a march of twenty-six and a-half miles."

Beadle, August 31, 1868

"Our last cold night, August 31st, we spent on Quaking Asp Ridge where Boreas sent down a better blast, determined to punish us for intrusion into his high domains. With a double thickness of gunny-bags below our blankets and wagon-cover above we slept soundly and warmly, and while the wind whistled over my head I dreamed of the sunny valley of the Ohio, its corn ripening in the warm August night while the yellow-brown blades rustle in the soft breeze and sigh a lament for the departing summer."

The photograph was taken from a beautiful vista named "Spanish Vista" by LaMar Berrett.

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