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Changes the Railroad Brought to Sanpete County

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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 Changes the Railroad Brought to Sanpete County
Description The reason for going on the Sanpete Valley train to and from Logan was that when you reached Salt Lake with your trunk as baggage, you were relieved of finding that old man with a horse and buggy to transfer your trunk from D & RG to the Oregon Shortline or vise versa. THE PUMP CAR OR SECTION CAR Many trips by teenage boys were made to various railroad towns in the first 15 years of this century using the pump car. The Sanpete Valley Train stopped each night at Manti. Next morning it would go north. Because the boys knew the train schedule, the use of the little pump car afforded a lot of free transportstion to see their girl friends. After their dates they would pump themseives home again and put the car where they had found it. (John K. Olsen, born April 16, 1889) CHANGES THE RAILROAD BROUGHT TO SANPETE COUNTY Elmer W. Ludvigson Sterling, Utah Senior Division Second Place Essay Changes have been many in the past ninety five years. I feel very for-tunate to have lived in this era of time, and to have done so in Sanpete County, especially in Manti and Sterling. One change affecting the simple way of my early life was teh coming of the railroad of this valley. Prior to the tracks being laid in Manti, the D & RGW had been laid as far south as Chester from Thistle. Store goods were hauled from the railroad at Chester to Manti by team and wagon. In 1890, the rail road came to Manti from Chester, and in 1891 it went on through Sevier and Piute Counties to Marysvale. The coming of the railroad brought what we thought to be a great deal of speed in travel, and compared to the wagon and horses, it really was. People begin to commute to and fro by train, an easier and more pleasant way to go. We were excited to see the drummers, as we called the sales-men who were in and out of Manti on business. Eating and boarding houses were built. I recall so well Sister Brown's little ice cream parlor. Other stores opened. Mail had never been so fast. The old mail hack carried mail and people as well in and out of town. There was a great deal of ex-citement wi th the coming of the rail road. The most glamorous place to work was on the railroad or on the cars. Produce being shipped in and out of Manti meant more money for the people. In 1892, my father, Erick Ludvigson, moved his family to the old Sealer Atwood home in Sterling, not too far from the railroad. Following the train in 1894, the Sanpste Valley Railroad extended a spur to a coal mine east of Sterling called Morrison. This train came from Nephi. At the same time Funk's Lake was a fine place for recreation, and the Sanpete Valley Train brought crowds to this spot, as well as on to the coal mine. The spur left the line between Manti and Sterling at a point -55-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol. 7
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325245
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6154f64/325245