Witch's Knoll

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 09
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1977
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
ID 324900
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Title Witch's Knoll
Description on the western slope of the Knoll. Others related it was an opinion that it was grave robbers, called witches, or people comparable to our modern day hippies. Nellie B. Gribble has another plausible story. Her mother told her children that when the Indians left, they planted rattlesnakes to keep the settlers away. It took a very brave lad to run across the Knoll's top. Today, the snakes have been killed to the extend that only a very lonely one might be found. In a conversation with Stephen Gray of Denver, he said the Indians or the Pioneers could have been responsible for its name. The Ute Indians summered at the bottom of the Knoll in the scrub vegetation, getting their water supply from Willow Creek. They had a natural fear of burial grounds, believing them to be sacred and haunted. The Pioneers used the name to frighten their children into re-maining within the safety of town. Thus evolved the legend of Witch's Knoll. Stephen expressed the fact that it isn't a burial ground as implied, but it was an Indian village of at least six abodes. The dwellings were built by (Sevier) Fremont In-dians. Sevier because they lived in the western half of Utah. Their homes were called semi-subterranean, built half underground of grey clay hauled from the foot of the Knoll, and the top half of wood covered with sticks and branches and then cemented over with clay. Most of them were en-tered through square openings in the top. The Indians were semi-domesticated. They grew gardens of corn and squash, hunted small game and spent some time on raiding and war parties. The burial part came about as a custome of the Indians centuries ago. When killed far from their village, instead of bringing the body home, the head was severed and only the skull returned and buried. One such skull was found in one of the main buildings when it was excavated. Some signs revealed that when the Indians left, they attempted to destroy their own two-to-three room dwellings themselves with fire, for some wood showed evidence of having been burned. This wood was not just preserved or decayed as would be expected; thus speculation concerning their departure indicates they left most likely before an -14-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 9
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 324896
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