The Creeper

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 06
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1974
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s65x272x
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 324158
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x

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Title The Creeper
Description The coal was hauled in wagons to Chester and shipped by train to different localities. This operation continued for almost a year. The demand for the coal became so great, and in trying to supply the demand, Mr. Annus neglected to clean out all the rock and slate; consequently,the sales became less until this, too, went broke. Then for about 15 years, the Thomas' and some of the local people dug coal and supplied the church, school, and most local families. "THE CREEPER" Eleanor P. Madsen Ephraim, Utah First Place Essay Professional Division Too-oot! Too-oot! Too-oo-oot! The clear, low whistle of the Sanpete Valley Train echoed cheerfully from the walls of the high mountains on either side of the silver track as the train made its way slowly, chug, chug, chugging up Salt Creek Canyon into Sanpete Valley. The small train followed along the banks of the clear stream through tall, green grass in the spring of the year or meandered through glistening, snow-covered hills in winter. The little train had its begining when the valley was still new and young. As early as 1875, wise leaders saw a need for a train in Sanpete to haul the "burning rock" to other areas. When Tabiona, an Indian chief, first discovered the coal in 1854, and showed it to Brigham Young, the first coal mine in Utah was developed and this early train played an important part in the distribution of the coal. The road to the mine was surveyed and partly graded in the 1870's by residents of Salt Lake City. Later, Simon Bamberger, Governor of Utah, made a trip to England and interested a wealthy English Syndicate in the coal mine and the pros-pect of a railway to carry the valuable product to other parts of the world. This new company extended a branch line from Nephi, where it joined the Oregon Short Line Rail road, past Fountain Green and over to Wales, with a spur going directly up Pete's Canyon to the mine where the coal was loaded on the coal cars. The coal had previously been hauled out by wagon team. Wales thus became the terminal and all the mail from Sanpete and Sevier counties was distributed from there. A post office was built, also a store and a boarding house. The coal venture lasted only a few years, however, as the "Central Pacific Coal and Coke Company that sponsored the building of the Sanpete Valley railway could not meet the competition of the Denver and Rio Grande and also the profits were insufficient to warrant continued operation of the mine. Consequently, the working plant and coke ovens were abandoned and the narrow gauge railway was taken up and re-located south of the vicinity of Fountain Green to Chester." A celebration with brass bands, dancing and public meetings welcomed the train to Chester. It wasn't long until another extension of the track was made to Ephraim and then to Manti, the train being greeted with happy celebrations, At a later -11-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 6
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324141
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s65x272x/324141