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The First Freighters

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 07
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1975
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6154f64
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64

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Title The First Freighters
Description THE FIRST FREIGHTERS A. J. Anderson Fairview, Utah Non-Professional Division Honorable Mention #1 Essay The early Pioneers of Sanpete were confronted with many, apparently insurmountable challenges. They endeavored to overcome these challenges with persistent determination, courage, fortitude, and vision. In many fields of Pioneer endeavor they were forced, through sheer necessity, to not only use the old and proven ways, but to improvise new methods of achieving. In the area of transportation, the wagon that had served the Pioneers so well in crossing the plains to Utah, was again a priceless possession. The wagon was sturdy, durable, dependable and practical; it was adaptable to the primitive roads; it was the first mobile home on wheels; it was suitable, in a limited way, for housekeeping, but most of all, it was the work vehicle for freighting. The wagon trains, coming with goods and commodities from Salt Lake, must have been a most welcome sight to the Pioneers of Sanpete, and undoubtedly, each arrival brought jubilant excitement and a deep appreciation for the miracle of the wheel. I try to visualize, in my mind's eye, the wonderment that must have filled the Indian's thinking as he sat on his shaggy pony on some distant cedar knoll. I see his stoic face, bathed in the warmth of the early morning sun, his coal-black hair waving gently in the morning breeze, his weather- beaten hands resting firmly on the unkempt mane of his ever-obedient horse, his silhouette blending completely with the beautiful landscape, his coun- tenance frozen in unbelief, his hawk-eyed vision riveted on the moving wagons. As he watched these covered wagons traverse his beloved valley, the magic of the scene must hav fascinated this child of the forest. He had never before seen such an object. Did he suddenly develop a deep respect for the wagon, and perhaps also a bitter hatred for it? It signaled the beginning of the end for his limited, primitive method of moving his personal belongings from one campground to another. It quietly announced a new era of transportation in his cherished homeland. The Indian's only means for moving freight was his own back, or his faithful horse. Sometimes, when the freight was really heavy, a drag was used, consisting of two poles, one on each side of the horse. The front ends were tied together with straps of buckskin around the neck of the horse, and the two other ends would drag behind with a buckskin rope joining them together and providing a platform to carry the freight of the Indian. The dim trails, well-defined to his keen eyes, were the only roads the Indian knew. Many times he had moved from his winter quarters to his sunrner hunting grounds using this method of transportation-a method which had been handed down to him from his fore- fathers through generations. Now change was crowding in and the Indian didn't know quite how to cope with, or accept it. The Indian related to the horse that pulled the wagon; he related to the roads, they were enlarged trails that he knew well, but the wagon he couldn't comprehend--it was a total mystery. -8-
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Identifier 017_The First Freighters.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325231
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325231