So the Waters Can Flow

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
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 So the Waters Can Flow
Description Main Street had been updated from the wooden bridges that provided passage for vehicles to cross the street* A forty foot wide cement Btrip was laid down the center of the road* putting a cap on the part of the creek in the area from the bank to the theater. However, wooden footbridges were still in place* To clear the creek of debris a crew of four or five e ingle-handed m and three teaais of horses palling earth plows, made of wood with steel blades, worked all day. In one day they could clear the creek out from the Johnson home on 193 South 400 East, to the divide west of town. This young boy, just fifteen years old, spent most of bis days working from dawn 'til dark on the family farm. But thia year bis father needed him for a few days to help dredge out ditches, particularly Ephraim Creek. You see, no one could handle his father's team of horses like the young boy. It was said that he could just talk to the horses and get more work out of the team than moat of the men who could drive them. So he harnessed up his team and set out for a full day's work. There were many places along the creek where you could get a team of horses with a scraper in the creek and drive them for a wave before the creek became too small and the men had to clear it out by hand. One of the places that was wide and deep enough for a team to dredge was the stretch of creek going under Main Street. How this was much like driving through a tunnel: there was light at the end of the tunnel and enough light coming in through the drains In the ground above that the horses could see where they were going and didn't get scared. Of course) in the olden days almost everyone knew how to drive a teas of horses. But it took a real skill to get a team of horses down in the creek and drive them through an underground culvert and at the same time guide it scraper over the rooks,loosening debris so that it would float on out of the culvert. But our young hero did Itl It was a job that you kept your Bind on while you were doing itl it was hard work that took patience, and a good pair of hip boots. The young boy would go slow, talcing about ten feet at a time, giving the debris plenty of space to float down the creek ahead of him. To do this one stretch of the creek took maybe thirty minutes, if you didn't have to go through it again. Sometimee it took more than one trip to get it cleared out sufficiently. When toe debris cave out of the culvert, the men would -46-
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Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
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