The Last Indian

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 04
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1972
Type Text
Format application/pdf
Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6h70czp
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-24
Date Modified 2005-02-24
ID 325827
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6h70czp

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Title The Last Indian
Description THE LAST INDIAN A. J. Anderson Fairview, Utah Second Place Essay In 1849 when the Mormon pioneers first arrived in Sanpete Valley they found a pattern of Indian behavior that had existed for countless centuries. The Ute Indians, under Chief Walker, were spending the winters in the south end of Sanpete, the north end of Sevier and the east part of Millard counties. Each spring, as the snow would melt, the Indians would move north along the Sanpitch creek into the high mountains for the summer. In fact, when the Pioneers reached the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847, a large band of Ute Indians, under Chief Walker were spending the summer months in Spanish Folk Canyon. In those days the Indians didn't have splendid paved roads as we do now. Instead they would follow trails leading through the valley and, in several places the trails would leave the valley floor and cross the mountains to the east or west. In 1859 when Fairview, then called North Bend, was first settled the Mormon Pioneers found an Indian trail going directly east from the center of their new town. The trail went through the sagebrush into the cedars, up past Big Knoll, through the scrub oaks into the little canyon, where the Indians would camp beside a small mountain stream. From here they would move through the chokecherries, deer browse and pines to the top of the mountain. The trail was well-beaten through many years of constant use. The trail was narrow-just wide enough for horses to travel single file. Undoubtedly many Indians had traveled this trail looking for game, berries, and other Indian food. The trail was also used as an Indian access road from Sanpete to Carbon and Emery counties. Even after one hunder years the trail is still in many places, well defined. About the time the Indian Black Hawk War was coming to an end Archibald Anderson, his wife, and three sons, who had - 34 -
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Identifier 044_The Last Indian.jpg
Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 4
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 325810
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6h70czp/325810