A Sight to Behold

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1981
Type Image
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Language eng
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Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title A Sight to Behold
Description A SIGHT TO BEHOLD Elizabeth Jacobsen Story 1513 Madison Avenue Cheyenne, Wyoming 82001 Non-Professional Division Honorable Mention Anecdote In the early days before the turn of the century and up until 1903i the sheep owners and cattle owners of Sanpete could graze their flocks of sheep or their herds of cattle on the Wasatch. Plateau east of Sanpete County absolutely free. Then in the winter they would move the herds down from the mountain pastures to the East Desert - or to the West Desert. The West Desert was Jericho where most of the Mt. Pleasant livestock were taken. The sheep were herded by young men from Ht. Pleasant, sorae of whose families owned the livestock. It was a pleasant job for a young man to spend his summer on the mountain and to have his own horse and sheep-camp wagon, with a white canvas cover for his shelter and, inside, a stove and table and bed. Each herder had his sheep dogs to help him control the herd, I~ the morning there was much work to be done and also in the evening to get their herds bedded down for night time, but in the afternoon there was tine for the herder to spend as he pleased while the sheep were resting in the shade of the trees. Some boys rode their horses, some rested and some spent hours foolishly carving names on the lovely white barked Aspen trees with their pocket knives; but there was one boy from Mt. Pleasant who did not waste his tijne or talent. Each afternoon he got out his paints, brushes and turpentine and painted lovely things - birds, trees, horses, ™if»n animals and his dogs and sheep ar.d the lo%'ely mountains and streams. Then at the end of the stunner when it was time to bring the herds west to Ht. Pleasant and over to the West Desert, they all cane with their sheep-camp wagons down to the valley. Some wagons and herders were not needed on the Desert. Many of the camps were left in Mt. Pleasant until needed again in the springtime the next year. The young herder I most admire was the one who had painted lovely things on the entire space of his new white canvas wagon top. Both outside and, would you believe it, inside as well. It was truly a "Sight to Sehold.'1 This painted wagon was pulled into the Madsen ranch barnyard, and needless to say, the artist was very proud of his work, Everyone came from far and near to see it - it was very colorful and I, for one, wish I could have seen it. It should have been saved along with many other lovely things from the past which we have lost. -73-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324233
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