If you are taking a day trip through Weber Canyon near Ogden, you may want to stop for a break at Mountain Green Rest Stop, 5 miles east of mouth of the canyon. There you will find a steep walking trail to the top of a little hill and an historical marker about Ogden’s “Encounter at Mountain Green or Deserter Point.” It is the only hostile encounter between American and British fur-trappers, occurring in this area between May 23 and 25, 1825.
The marker includes a picture of Peter Skene Ogden, born in 1794, an experienced trapper and mountain man who worked for the Hudson’s Bay Company after it merged with Northwest Fur Company in 1821. This monument is sponsored by the Boy Scouts of the Weber Heights Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. (See the slideshow of original photography)
The story goes like this…
In November 1824 Ogden was appointed leader of the Snake River Country Expeditions and was instructed to continue the British policy of creating a “fur desert” by trapping all the beaver between American territory and the southern Columbia River in Oregon, to discourage American trappers from coming into the area.
While encamped at Mountain Green, Ogden’s company was visited by two groups of trappers. Fighting broke out over land and trapping rights; ironically, both parties were in fact trespassing on Mexican territory. Ogden gathered the remainder of his brigade and retraced his steps to Flathead Post. Undoubtedly, had Ogden not been forced to withdraw, his journals would have provided the earliest and most complete account of what became the Utah Territory.
Ogden continued to lead Hudson’s Bay Company brigades; however, not until his 1828-29 expedition did he again enter the Utah area. Ogden indicates that at this spring he had his first view of the Great Salt Lake; whether this meant his first view during this expedition or his first time ever is uncertain. After trapping the area, Ogden’s brigade returned to Ten Mile Spring, skirting the north end of the Great Salt Lake and retracing their route out of Utah. Paraphrased from information at historytogo.utah.gov/people/
Fortunately, the beaver are making a comeback and there is evidence in the canyon that they are at work there. Chopped eaten trees are found in the other rest area for travelers, on the east bound side of the highway. (See the slideshow attached)
Also notice the Devils Slide on the south side of the road as you drive through.
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