Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family, May 26, 1864

In this letter from May 26, 1864, Samuel Reed writes to his wife and family describing the pleasant condition of Salt Lake City and its exceptional organization.

I am still in the city of the saints. President Young has not returned from his tour to the northern settlements—is expected today or tomorrow. I have never been in a town of this size in the United States where everything is kept in such perfect order as in this city of the saints. No hogs or cattle allowed to run at large in the streets and every available nook of ground is made to bring forth fruit, vegetables or flowers for man's use.

About this Document

  • Source: Letter from Samuel B. Reed to Wife and Family
  • Citation: Nebraska State Historical Society, Samuel Reed Papers (Union Pacific Railroad Collection), MS 3761, Unit 1, Subgroup 14, Series 1, Box 2, Letters to Wife and Family
  • Date: May 26, 1864