An Era Fades into Memories

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1993
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title An Era Fades into Memories
Description learned to keep a watchful eye. The trains also took a toll on livestock that strayed onto the track at the wrong time. I recall one time a couple dozen head of sheep bedded down on the track-the results of that encounter left a gory scene. One time several freight cars were derailed near Hilltop, spilling tons of com and damaging a number of new Ford cars en route for delivery to Lasson-Norman Ford dealership in Mount Pleasant. A few Sanpete residents were able to get a real good new car deal from the freight damaged Ford shipment. Local fanners were permitted to salvage the com, and a few of those living nearby soon had most of it hauled away via scoop-shovel and wagon. After the salvage and clean up, there was still enough com scattered along the hillside to keep the squirrels happy for months to come. This also set the stage for an interesting ten-mile hike for a Fairview scout troop. In addition to filling a hiking requirement, the scouts learned about safety and the need for keeping things in good repair. Much can be said of the important part the railroad played in the building of Sanpete County, as well as helping to fill everyday needs of everyday people for nearly a century. This brief account comes from only a small part of one person's childhood While we cling to these and many other memories from long ago, we are saddened by the recent loss of our railroad. This important part of our history and heritage met its demise due to the Thistle floods of 1983. Our railroad is gone forever! The rails were removed the summer of 1987. The loss of rail service was a terrible blow to ihe economy of both Sanpete and Sevier counties. Another sadness is the fact that children along this route will never again witness the power generated by the Great Iron Horse or experience the thrill of waving to the engineer and to the patient man in the caboose-seeing them return that wave with a friendly smile. Oh! And whatever happened to the little black-haired girl from Fairview? She was that special kind of child who seemed to win the heart of everyone who knew her: happy, studious, sort of tom-boyish and very energetic. She grew prettier with every passing year and emerged a beautiful young lady. As years passed she married and became the mother of five adorable children. Today she is still a very striking lady, though her black hair is streaked with grey. Her many talents include poetry, music, composing, ST
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 25
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324537
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