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Western Sagebrush

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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 Western Sagebrush
Description HESTERS SAGEBHUSli Vernon F. Larsen 3981 Fruitvale Avenue Oakland, CA 9^602 Senior Citizen Division Second Honorable Mention Historical Essay There have been songs and stories written about the purple sage, but if you have never seen it, swelled its sweet odor or sampled its bitter taste, you will never appreciate the true nature of Western Sage. It is native to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Northern California. In some desert places it flourishes as the only living plant. Explorers, pioneers and travelers walked through it, rode through it, smelled and made bonfires with it. Its leaves and tiny flowers seen to lend a purple hue to the distant landscapes. Nevada is proud to be called "The Sage Brush State," and has adopted it as the state flower. There is evidence that the Indians used sagebrush for medicinal purposes. Mormon pioneers made similar use of it. They gathered the blossoms and leaves, dried and stored them in cans. These would be brewed into a strong tea. It was a bitter concoction, tut was used for fevers, colds, headaches and various ailments. My grandmother claimed sagebrush tea was a "cure-all" for many illnesses. She "used a concentrated solution of it to dye cloth. odor and fresh spiciness that lingers on your fingers. This evokes memories of a pleasant stroll through the sage and wild flowers on a warm spring morning in the foothills of Mt. Pleasant. When we lived for a while in Chicago, little did we realize the absence of the odor of sagebrush until, on the nay hone to Utah, Me passed into Wyoming on the train, and the breath of a-tr hb caught was redolent Kith it. Pioneers used to say that aji abundant stand of sagebrush meant good potential soil for farming. If that were so, then the twenty acres of undeveloped land east of Mt. Pleasant that my father tought was exceptional. The brush was two to six feet high, but the terrain was very rocky and had the appearance of being at one time a glacier deposit. The brush must be cleared and the rocks removed, in order to grow crops on this land. From a railroad salvage yard, Daddy bought an old iron rail about twelve feet long. It weighed several hundred pounds. He fastened chains to each end and hitched up a team to pull it. As -46-
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Identifier 061_Western Sagebrush.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 13
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324351
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xd0ztc/324351