Stories about 'Abdu'l-Bahá

Leaving Salt Lake City for San Francisco

Mahmud's Diary
September 30, 1912
Salt Lake City, UT

The Master left the Keynon Hotel in Salt Lake City to continue His journey to California. … Today the Master was in the best of health and happiness. In spite of all the hardships of the long journey, He was as charmingly fresh as a flower. With unmitigated joy He mentioned the Blessed Beauty, Bahá’u’lláh….

Among the interesting things we saw along the way were the wooden covers over the railroad tracks. For a distance of some 50 miles deep passes are snow bound during the entire winter and become impassable for the trains. Now, owing to these covers, the difficulties are removed and the train can pass easily through the area. In English, these covers are called snow sheds. The history of California records that in olden times many people became snowbound and perished in these parts. One example is the Donner party, the story of whose demise is very sad.