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Service Stations in the 1850's

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
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 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45

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Title Service Stations in the 1850's
Description SERVICE STATIONS IN THE 1850's Lillian H. Fox 140 North 1st West Manti, UT 84642 Senior Citizen Division Third Place Anecdote Long before there were tricks, automobiles, motorcycles or campers pulling into Service Stations for gas or oil, there were Service Stations where wheeled vehicles stopped for a grease job-pitch tax was used to grease anything that turned on axles, Manti , being the only town between Fort Provost (Provo) and Dixieland, in the early 1950's had such a supply station. One of the jobs of my grandfather, Jens Hansen, was to tend a tar pit. He described his assignment as follows: "In those days the wagons had wooden axles with a narrow strip of iron on the top and bottom of the ends where the wheels revolved. Pitch pine was used to grease these sections. Pitch tar was obtained in the following nanner. A hole was dug in the ground large enough to hold a load of wood (pitch pine), which was cut into small pieces and placed in the hole. A small trench was dug in the bottom of the hole and leading to another smaller, but deeper hole close by in which was placed a bucket. The bucket had a spout which connected it to the larger trench. The pit was filled with the pine knots and ignited, and when well afire all was covered with earth and left to smolder. This roasted the tar out of the wood and it ran into the bucket. " My uncle, Joseph Hansen made this consent: "I have seen men coming to Manti from Dixie where they would stop traveling for a short time; and having four one-gallon buckets, they would place one at each wagon hub to catch the tar that dripped from the axles. This tar could be used over and over again." Source; Jens Hansen family history, p. 8. Copy in the Manti Public Library. -91-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325334
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6wh2n45/325334