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Title Is Utah Sahara Bound?
Subject Agriculture--Utah; Land use--Utah
Description The 11th Annual Frederick William Reynolds Lecture.
Creator Cottam, Walter Pace, 1894-
Publisher Extension Division, University of Utah
Date 1947-02-19
Date Digital 2008-05-29
Type Text
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Digitization Specifications Original scanned on Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner and saved as 400 ppi uncompressed tiff. Display images generated in PhotoshopCS and uploaded into CONTENTdm Aquisition Station.
Resource Identifier,458
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.37 no.11
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Is Utah Sahara Bound?," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2009-03-13
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Description Is Utah Sahara Bound? Introduction The year 1947 marks a notable milestone in Utah history. One hundred years ago the original band of 143 Mormon pioneers were at Winter Quarters (now Florence, Nebraska) meticulously preparing their equipment for the long, hazardous journey westward over plains and mountains. Not until April 7, 1847, did Brigham Young consider the season sufficiently advanced to start his intrepid band on their fifteen weeks' trek to this Valley of the Great Salt Lake. Could we but turn back the clock of time one short century and on the morrow's dawn gaze out over this valley asleep in the morning shadows of the Wasatch Mountains, we would see no human habitation save, perhaps, a few scattered teepees of the red man â€"no streets, no trees, no smoke. The thought is incredible. This year of the centennial will be appropriately celebrated. In song, in word, and in pageantry the spiritual and temporal accomplishments of our people over the past century will be extolled. It is right and proper that this be done, for there are but few mass movements in all human history that can match that of our pioneers in clearness of vision, in resourcefulness, in courage, and in the sheer labor necessary to establish Zion in these valleys of the Rockies. It will take all of these virtues undiminished for us to perpetuate that movement. Brigham Young suffered no illusions about the character of the territory into which he chose to lead his people. The very poverty of it was likely no mean factor in its selection, for he was determined to build a Zion in a place no gentile would covet. Although the soil around the rim of the Great Basin had been pronounced excellent by Fremont, and the Miles Goodyear ranch at Ogden had made it reasonable to assume that certain crops could be successfully grown under irrigation, still the settlement of Utah "partook of the nature of an experiment, which no people previous to the coming of the Mormons had had the inclination or the temerity to make. All in all the Great Basin enjoyed the reputation of being a Godforsaken country."18 It took courage and unbounded resourcefulness to establish this desert empire, separated as it was by a thousand miles of slow ox-cart communication from all previous American frontiers. Yet, not crickets, drought, savages nor armed intervention could dissuade our pioneer fathers from their chosen task. They achieved eminence as home builders because Brigham Young decreed early that his people should direct all of their energies to agricultural pursuits, which always have been and always must be the basis of a permanent society. "Concentration on agriculture insured food, and aloofness from mining staved off growth of speculative attitudes which threatened the economic stabiltiy of the Mormon colonies and in a measure the stability of their philosophy."28 After the arrival of the pioneer band in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake, Brigham Young lost no time in occupying promising sites
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Source Original Manuscript: Is Utah Sahara Bound? by Walter P. Cottam.
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Date Created 2008-07-29
Date Modified 2008-07-29
ID 319694
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