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Sanpete Trails

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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
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 324356
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc

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Title Sanpete Trails
Description SANPETE TRAILS Eleanor Peterson Madsen 295 East 1st North Ephraim, Utah &i627 Professional Division Second Place Historical Essay On a lonely spot or road somewhere between Blrdseye and Indianola, a sign reads, "Sanpete County." Traveling southward on this asphalt highway, the air seems a little more fresh, the sky a bat more blue, the snowflakes a trifle larger, the landscape more vast as it reaches toward the surrounding hills. If one continues to travel south to Axtell, forty-three miles as the crow files, this is the bounds of Sanpete County where some fourteen thousaiid people enjoy the peaceful, serene atmosphere of this valley in the center of Utah. It was here In the early 1850's, in the quiet little cranaun-itles of Mt. Pleasant, Ephraim, Manti, Kales, Moroni and Gunnison, that the Petersons, Kjars, Madsens, Heeses, Lunds, Birds, Rasmissens, Prices and other pioneers came to ta»e the land, build homes and raise families that would one day let their "light so ahlne" that others would recognize their worth and acknowledge the many who had made this corner of the earth so great aM beautiful. Many exciting events have happened on these highways and In these little cojomunities in the 100 or more years since these ancestors arrived from England, Denmark, Wales, Geraany and other foreign countries. Roads and walks have changed. Many have been erased mv\ new ones have taken their place. The earliest paths were mere trails with two wagon ruts to follow. Later, the roads were graveled and then became the cement or asphalt highways we have today. Esrly traveling was done with a team of horses and a wagon or with a horse and buggy. In the 1920's the Model T Ford came into use. This was followed by modern cars and an increase from the twenty or twenty-five mile speed limit to seventy miles, then back to the fifty-five mile-per-hour limit. Perhaps the first routes frcrc the pioneer homes led up through Fairview, past the Indianola flats Into Salt Lake City by wagon team to the Endowment House for performance of marriages. That early generation also traveled southward to Manti and to St. George, at the extreme southern end of the state, to help erect the temples there. Later, many of them went by horse and buggy to these temples to be married. -11-
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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 324322
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324322