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Wagon Road Notes

Kingston Cutoff

60. Kingston Spring

Discovered in 1854 by Col. Reese (Carvalho 1857). Shortened the Salt Lake Road by some 40 miles by cutting off from the earlier trail at Kingston Wash, travelling via Kingston Springs to Mt. Springs (Nevada). Carvalho met the old trapper, Thomas "Peg-leg" Smith on this trail in 1854; Smith told him the name of the springs was "Kingstone;" they have never been known by any other name. Lt. Mowry in 1855 mapped the Kingston route as a "Proposed Cut-off." Farley's map depicts both the Kingston Springs and Salt Creek-Resting Springs routes. Mapped by GLO surveyor in 1856, in 17 N 8 E, SBBM. Bancroft's 1863- 1868 maps route the "Old Salt Lake Wagon Road" via Kingston Springs and does not show the earlier route via Salt Creek and Resting Springs.




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