December 23, 1879 "The snow fell about eight inches..."
December 24, 1879 "... we had cooked the last food we had, consisting of a slap jack baked in a frying pan and about one inch thick."
December 25, 1879 " it was Christmas day 1879, which found us on the side of the Elk Mountain without food, in the midst of a piercing cold...It surely looked like our bones would bleach not far from that point..." George B. Hobbs
photo of four men
Lemuel H Redd Sr., George W Sevy, George D. Morrill, George B. Hobbs
The scouts, lost, weary, cold, and without food, climbed a small knoll to the southwest in a desperate attempt to determine where they were.
"This was surely Salvation Knoll, for on looking to northeast across a spur of the Elk Mountain I discovered the Blue Mountains, about 10 miles away. This was the land mark we had been looking for for several days...From this point we could locate ourselves, but knowing we were a long distance yet from Fort Montezuma we lost no time in starting and following a canyon to the east." George B. Hobbs, Christmas morning 1879
Photos of the scouts were taken later in their lives. Their ages at the time of the expedition were from left to right: 43, 47, 22, and 23.
As the Hole-in-the-Rock pioneers labored on a road through the Colorado River gorge, four scouts were sent ahead to search for a feasible route between the Colorado River and Montezuma Fort. Their anticipated eight-day expedition turned into an ordeal of 23 days as they plotted a rout through some of the most difficult terrain in North America.
January 10, 1880 "Brother Sevy and party returned last night all well but tired out. They have had a hard trip and great credit is due them for pluck and determination they have shown under the very adverse circumstances which surrounded them. They were lost 4 or 5 days in deep snow and blinding snow storms, were out of provisions...traveled 136 miles." Platt D. Lyman