Cottonwood Canyon and the Tollgates

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1980
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 324024
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Title Cottonwood Canyon and the Tollgates
Description very difficult and hazardous. But these noble pioneers knew how to use the rough-locks on their wagons and avoid the rocks to aid then in going down the steep and rugged places. This memorable old road with its many "bridges and turnout places was constructed by hand labor and horse power to provide access to the beautiful range land where sheep and cattle by the thousands might harvest the luscious feedi and where the abundant timber aM coal fields of Carbon County might be tapped to provide food, clothing, shelter, and fuel for these great pioneers of the valley of the Sanpitch. This road, which followed the course of the dazzling, dashing mountains stream, was just wide enough for one horse-drawn vehicle. It soon proved inadequate for the traffic between Sanpete County and Castle Valley. To care for the numberless wagon outfits that traveled this rugged thoroughfare, a new road had to be built and maintained. To provide the necessary means, a tcllgate was set up in the canyon a little way below Blind Fork. A small house for the keeper, Hans Carlston, was erected wherein he was stationed to collect toll from all who traversed the road. The toll was fifty cents per wagon• At the bottom of this deep canyon, the snow came early and lasted long. To lengthen the annual service period, a. new road was constructed, about the turn of the century, on the south face of the canyon wall far above the canyon stream. This was an arduous, costly task, requiring many months of hand and team labor, A new tollgate and hone were constructed about a mile within the throat of the canyon. A small fruit orchard, was planted on the warm, sunny slope just below the tollgate. This tollgate was operated by San and Brick Christensen. Tolls were fifty cents per team, twenty-five cents for saddle-horse and fifteen cents for animals. When the road was completed, it was maintained as a tollroad for many years before it was taken over by the County. The home, gate, and orchard were then abandoned, eventually becoming skeletons, reminders of days gone by and dreams fulfilled. Little did my grandparents dream, when they left Fairview for Colorado by way of Dry Creek Canyon in 1882, that today (1980) there would be a wide, hard surfaced road all the way through Cottonwood and Huntington canyons, linking the valley of the Sanpitch with Castle Valley, over which they returned in I895, though it was not then hard-surfaced. And now, too, White Pine Fork is again a beautiful forest of timber. And so It Is, The Lord works in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. " Sources: Personal History of Golden Sanderson, life Story of Lindsey e. Brady, and memory of the author. -s»-
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Identifier 108_Cottonwood Canyon and the Tollgates.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 323930
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