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Site 5, Fifty Mile Spring
From Forty Mile Spring, the next major campsite was at Fifty Mile Spring, just below Fifty Mile Point on the Kaiparowits Plateau. With no water or grazing for their animals at the Hole, Fifty Mile Spring along with other springs in the immediate area became their base camp until the road through the crevice was completed. Those assigned to work on the Hole-in-the-Rock crevice (which included most of the men) walked the ten miles from Fifty Mile Spring to the Hole on Monday morning. After laboring on the crevice for six days, they returned on Saturday evening to spend Sunday with their families. This process was repeated for six weeks. While at Fifty Mile Spring, the pioneers celebrated Christmas and New Year’s Day, and Anna Maria Decker gave birth to a baby girl. James and Anna Decker named their newborn Lena Deseret Decker.

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Aerial image of the Kaiparowits -- Fifty Mile Point. Fifty Mile Spring is at the base of Fifty Mile Point. Lamont Crabtree Photo
Fifty Mile Point - Fifty Mile Spring below
Terrain south of Fifty Mile Spring, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Terrain east of Fifty Mile Spring
Terrain near Fifty Mile Spring, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Terrain near Fifty Mile Spring
Small spring one mile west of Fifty Mile Spring, which is mistakenly marked as Fifty Mile Spring on the USGS topographical maps. Lamont Crabtree Photo
Small spring west of Fifty Mile Spring
Close up of a small unnamed spring one mile west of Fifty Mile Spring. See previous image text. Lamont Crabtree Photo
Closer view of the small spring west of Fifty Mile Spring
Cottonwood trees surrounding Fifty Mile Spring. The Kaiparowits -- Fifty Mile Point is in the background. Lamont Crabtree Photo
Fifty Mile Spring - Fifty Mile Point in the background
Fifty Mile Spring, Lamont Crabtree Photo
Fifty Mile Spring
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Thursday, Dec. 25th, 1879, "Christmas. The weather has been so cold and windy with some snow that we have been unable to do much work so far this week. There is dancing in camp this evening."
Platt D. Lyman