The Sheep Industry in the Early History of Manti and Gunnison

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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
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Language eng
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Title The Sheep Industry in the Early History of Manti and Gunnison
Description THE SHEEP INDUSTRY IN THE EARLY HISTORY OF MANTI AND GUNNISON Conrad Frischknecht Tacama, Washington Senior Citizen Division Third Place Historical Essay Mrs. Jorgen Madsen, Manti pioneer, said that the original settlers brought but few sheep with than. The deep snow and bitter cold of the winter of 18^9-50 that decimated their cattle would have done no less with their sheep* The result was an inadequate supply of wool to make clothing* As their clothes wore out they found it necessary to cut up their wagon covers to make Hearing apparel. Providence was with the settlers. Word reached the settlement that "a man who was trailing a bunch of Mexican sheep to California was lost, his supplies were gone and. he was nearly starved. He wanted to trade some of his sheep for provisions." The presence of a bunch of Mexican sheep near Manti in the middle years of the nineteenth century requires an explanation. The lost shepherd was doubtlessly on, or near, the Old Spanish Trail which passed through Sallna. During part of the nineteenth century, hostile Indians closed the direct route from New Mexico to California. Hence travelers used the Old Spanish Trail. Beginning at Santa Fe, it ran through Moab, Utah, and on to the Old Kornoti Crossing on the Green River. It proceeded to Castle Valley, thence south to Ivie Creek where it crossed the Wasatch Range and followed Salina Creek to the Sevier Rived Proa there it proceeded roughly along the present Highways 89 and 91 to California. There are reasons to believe that it was an old Indian trail. It was the longest overland route to the Spanish missions and goldfields of California, but the easiest and safest. In Men to Hatch My_ Mountains. Irving Stone tells about early travel on the trail. In 1841 the workman-Roland group was the third overland party. Besides the leaders, it consisted of about twenty men and some of their Mexican wives. They carried along a bunch of sheep for food. By the end of 18^9, 8,000 people had passed over the Old Spanish Trail. Doubtlessly this explains the presence of the lost shepherd near Manti. Hantians traded the shepherd provisions for sheep and bought as many as they could. Many families acquired a few sheep. Mrs. Kate Carter, a famous Utah pioneer, wrotei The women were aoon very busy shearing sheep, Hashing wool, carding, spinning, weaving and knitting." Salaratus was skimmed off the alfc?11 beds southwest of Manti to aid in cleaning the wool. It cut the grease and fluffed the wool. Incidentally, a market for salaratus was found at the Provo ¥oolen Hills. The Market for salaratus didn't last long because it wea -SO-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 12
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324014
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