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Captain Jefferson Hunt

January 22 1804 May 11 1879

Hunt guided several parties of gold prospectors from Utah to California. Many of the pioneers he led in the 1849 Mojave San Joaquin (Mojave Sand Walking) Company, became impatient and decided to try a shortcut which would cut several weeks off their travel time. Although most of those who abandoned the company later rejoined Hunt, those who continued on their own path lost their way and became the Lost Death Valley '49ers.

He was called by his church in 1851 to help create a Mormon settlement in San Bernardino, California.

Timeline of History of the Mojave Desert
1849 A portion of the Hunt Wagon party, while looking for a shortcut to the gold fields, becomes the first Caucasians (Lost 49'ers) to cross Death Valley ...

Pioneers in the Mojave
The leader of the group, Captain Jefferson Hunt, would only . ... Hunt guided several parties of gold prospectors from Utah to California. ...

Mormon Pioneers
Captain Jefferson Hunt ... their way and became the Lost Death Valley '49ers. He was called by his church in 1851 to help create a Mormon settlement in San ...

History of the Cajon Pass
A year later Captain Jefferson Hunt, familiarized with the trail by this trip was contracted to lead a party of goldseekers across the desert and down ...

Chronology of expeditions between New Mexico and California
...Jefferson Hunt is a member. This shows direct influence of mountain men in ... February -- Hunt and other Mormons return to Utah from California on Old ...

Death Valley's Lost 49er's
The leader of the group, Captain Jefferson Hunt, would only go as fast as the slowest wagon in the group. Just as the people were about to voice their ...

Death Valley in '49
    Chapter 9
    Hunt came back from the front and said they had better turn back to the old trail ... Hunt said: "You all know I was hired to go by way of Los Angeles, ...

    Chapter 11
    This sporting trip was quite different from deer hunting in Wisconsin, and nothing like looking for game in Death Valley where nothing lived. ...

    Chapter 13
    The Mormon elder, John Hunt, was consulted, and as he seemed to know the general southern route better than any one else, he was prevailed upon to guide the ...

    Chapter 14
    Hunt, a Mormon, to pilot us through, and turned all our gold into that company, thus bringing none of the Mormon gold with us. We went on with the company ...

    Chapter 15
    I may have quoted a part of the speech Capt Hunt made when the party wanted ...... Helms was now going to the valley to have a winter's hunt, for here the ...

    Chapter 16
    Hunt, of San Bernardino (our guide from Salt Lake in 1849), ..... Hunt, the man who was hired in the fall of 1849 to bring the big train from Salt Lake to ...
Mormon Battalion
Jefferson Hunt, a member of the party and a former Captain in the Mormon Battalion, ... Captain Jefferson Hunt. Captain in the Mormon Battalion - Led the ...

Gold - Silver in Them Thar' Hills!
During one of the 1849 crossings, a member of the Hunt's party noted the rock formations and mineral contents along the way. Gold was found on the northern ...

William Lewis Manly
The Bennett-Arcane party had split off from Jefferson Hunt's, "Mojave Sand-Walking Company", in search of a short-cut to the gold fields in northern ...

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