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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 will someway be reconstructed, for without it all Sanpete Valley citizens and people coming into the valley would be forced to use the two lanes through Nephi Canyon, along Salt Creek, as the pioneers did for about 50 years after settlement. The situation is further complicated by the fact that certain interests in Utah County want to retain "Lake Thistle" for recreational and waterpower purposes. Whatever happens to the lake, there seems to be little doubt in the minds of State engineers and the Governor that the lake must first be drained gradually. Nearly all residents of the Sanpete Valley are well aware of the geographic significance of the Thistle access highway. The road through Nephi Canyon is not a bad road, but it suffered to a dangerous extent itself when the bridge across Salt Creek came as close to a washout as is possible without seeing it actually float downstream. It has been pointed out that the Sanpete Valley is a high bowl, the rim of which provides only three cracks for access routes into it. These are the Indianola-Thistle route, which is blocked at Thistle by the giant landslide. The other is the Salt Creek route by way of Nephi Canyon, which was nearly closed by heavy runoff from the Mount Nebo area. The third is the very roundabout route by way of Gunnison, Fayette, and Levan, a route which adds about a hundred miles of travel for northern Sanpeters and for Utah County residents south of Thistle. It has been customary for tourists headed for the parks in southern Utah to travel U.S. 89 from Thistle to Sanpete County and beyond. Until such a junction is rebuilt, these travellers will have to go out of their way by way of a reconstructed U.S. 6 to effect a junction at Spanish Fork, somewhat along the Escalante-Dominguez trail, which went far more north than they needed to in their lack of knowledge in 1776 of the existence of the Sanpete and Sevier Valleys, It has also become customary for residents of Sanpete from Manti-north to travel to Utah County and Salt Lake County by way of Thistle, except for those living in the northwest corner of the valley. These used Nephi Canyon. People of the Gunnison Valley have traditionally used the route through Fayette and Levan. For the people of the Sanpete Valley today, however, there is but one route - Nephi Canyon. I do not know yet what it is like to live in a glass house, but most of us are becoming aware of what it is like to live in a bowl with high rims. -55-
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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 323023
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6bp00z2/323023