The History House

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 08
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1976
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-02-26
Date Modified 2005-02-26
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Title The History House
Description Blackhawk himself was no stranger to the Peterson home, and he signed the Peace Treaty one day after eating Danish dumplings with the Petersons. (Coincidence-maybe, but I think not.) One upstairs room was orginally done in white and was a meeting room for the bishops of the L.D.S. Church. Written accounts and diaries tell much about the many visitors that passed through the doors of this house. One was President Wilford Woodruff,who spent some time in the "polygamy pit." This pit was discovered unexpectedly by Richard Nibley when he moved a rug in a bedroom. This pit was used as a hideaway for husbands of extra wives. Another mysterious trapdoor in the front room reveaIs what seems to be a decoy pit used to perplex the officers of law when they never found anyone there and didn't know about the real pit. The house has 11 rooms, five upstairs, five down, and a summer kitchen at the back. The hall has a winding staircase that has fitted steps without the use of any nails to secure them in place. The rooms are done in either Victorian or Colonial style. Richard Nibley has been a most gracious host during Mormon Miracle weeks. One year he allowed more than 400 people to tour the rooms. In 1969 he also sponsored an open house to celebrate the centennial birthday of the unique house. The house has received some publicity from the State when it was briefly featured in a Utah Heritage Foundation film, "Sticks and Stones." I have been interested in this house for many years. As a child I remember it being vacant much of the time. It lacked many windows and served as a boarding house for pigeons and bats. It still possessed character, a strong character that caused me to probe within its sturdy walls and recapture its "spirit" of an era now gone. I salute the Richard Nibley family for preserv-ing this great house. It is indeed one of Sanpete's most historical homes, a museum of yesterday, a comfortable home of today - the History House. Source: Information was told to author by Richard Nibley (much of which he gathered from diaries and journals). Other material was found in Ephraim's First One Hundred Years. -16-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 8
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325588
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