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An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1983
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 323075
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2

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Title An Essay on the Neverlasting Hills
Description to U.S. 89 was washed over, however, the Mayfield road from the Nine-Mile Reservoir was closed for a time, as were the bridge and road into Christianburg. In Axtell a few irrigation ditches were taken out, and, similarly, some diversion ditches were destroyed in Center-field. No outstanding damage was reported in Fayette, although the road from that community to the old Dover site was under water for a while. The north road out of Gunnison (First South) to Clarion was washed over. There were no serious reports out of Wales and Fountain Green either, although water was unusually high and there was a report of some minor damage in Chester. A slide in a can-yon above Indianola did no damage. The most serious effect of the overall flood situation was at Thistle, where the huge landslide in Wanrhodes Canyon eliminated that access to northern Utah for about half of the people in Sanpete County, as well as those in the vicinity of Birdseye in Utah County. Both Highway U.S. 89 and the Sanpete spur of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad were drowned from just north of Birdseye to the confluence of Diamond Fork and the Spanish Fork River. The junction and the community of Thistle were completely wiped off the map by this disaster, disrupting all direct communication between the Sanpete Valley and points north and between Carbon and Emery Counties and the same northern areas. The backup of water from both Spanish Fork River and Thistle Creek has been named "Thistle lake," and at this writing it is doubtful that, even if it is drained, that the area will ever be what it was before nature dammed the place. At this writing (August 1983), the railroad has found a way to get to the mines in Carbon County by tunneling through the rocky walls of the canyon that contains the new lake, spending money by the canyonful to accomplish it in 24-hour shifts daily with men and all kinds of heavy equipment. Since economics is what railroads are all about, there is little talk to date of reviving the L. & R.G.W. line into Sanpete, which in recent years has been consi-dered a marginal investment at best. Nevertheless, Sanpete communities are pushing for such a renewal in legislative halls, necessary as such a transportation facility is to the economy of the Sanpete Valley. The automobile highway -54-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 15
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-18
Date Modified 2005-02-18
ID 323022
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2/323022