The Sanpete Valley Railroads

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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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
ID 325315
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Title The Sanpete Valley Railroads
Description bration was held on December 29, 1890, in the tabernacle at Manti, Utah. The D & RG track reached Salina in 1891. Belnap, now called Marysvale, the southern terminal, was reached by track and train in 1896. A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE RAILROADS IN SANPETE The Sanpete Valley Railroad was sold to the D & RG in 1915, according to the Ephraim franchise. The Sanpete Valley Railroad continued to operate under the D & RG ownership until the end of the year 1929. Many grand celebrations were held in various Utah cities when the rail-road came to town, i.e.; 0gden, August 3, 1869; Golden Spike at Promontory, May 10, 1869; Salt Lake City, January 10, 1870; Provo, October 25, 1873; Chester, 1884; Ephraim, 1890; Manti, 1890. SANPETE RAILROADS - MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCES I remember about 1918 or 1919, before there were any hard-surfaced roads in Sanpete County, that it became necessary to attend a Farm Bureau Board Meeting at Manti. At this time of the year the mud on the highway near the old cemetery north of Ephraim was at its most sticky stage, as it was on every road in the County. Commissioner C. J. Christiansen of Fountain Green, Joseph F. Bagnal, County Farm Bureau Director, and I (County Farm Bureau Secretary), appraised the situation. We changed the time of the meeting from day to evening. The morning of the meeting day I called the D & RG agent at Ephraim and requested that he ask the train conductor, George Bradley, to pick up Mr. Bagnal at his home, about a mile south of the Chester Station, and me at my farm two miles north of Ephraim. That afternoon the train obligingly stopped and picked us up for the trip to Manti. After the meeting we obtained rooms at the hotel. Next morning, in real style, we rode in the "hack" to the Manti Depot and boarded the old Sanpete Valley. Conductor Bradley let each of us off where he had picked us up the day before. On September 14, 1908, about 8:30 a.m., I boarded the Sanpete Valley Train about 100 yards north of where I lived in Ephraim. This was the first time I had left home alone with the inten-tion of making an extended stay. I was on my way to the U.A.C. at Logan. Also on the train were four Manti boys who were going to college. They were Melroy and Clinton Kjar, Henry Voorhees, and Rob Hogan. At Fountain Green another boy came aboard. He carried a cornet case. He was Archie L. Christiansen. At that moment the thought never entered my head that by the next evening we would be roommates for that school year. At that first meeting we were strangers, but the stranger left and has failed to return, even after 67 years. I wonder, where has the stranger gone? Individually and collectively they were truly a grand bunch of boys to have known. -54-
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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 325312
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