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Chicken Creek

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 27
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1995
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s60863fm
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326335
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm

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Title Chicken Creek
Description CHICKEN CREEK Fred L Rees Non Professional First Place Essay Come on everybody, let's go fishin'!" My father had just come from baling hay. and with this announcement my brothers and I scattered to gather our respective coals, boots, and fishing gear Once or twice a summer we postponed the drudgery of farm work long enough to participate in the delightful and for us. competitive activity of fishing for rainbow trout There was never any question where to go The destination was always the same-Chicken Creek' This small, but charming creek is the only fishing stream available on the Gunnison Plateau, a small range of mountains in the heart of Central Utah Except for the residents of Wales on the east side of the mountain, and those living in Levan on the west side, this peaceful stream has existed in virtual anonymity-all the better for those who define pleasure as an afternoon filled with solitude, while fishing along Chicken Creek's semi-murky- waters Where the road first intersects with the stream channel, there is a long, wide valley filled with wild grasslands, small flowered meadows, and rows of aspen trees outlining the western horizon Here the stream is narrow and shallow, and lazily meanders through the open meadows As it passes two or three neighboring canyons, it is fed by various tributaries, and then accelerates as the gradient of the stream bed increases in its continuous descent down the canyon The channel is lined with thick willows, sagebrush, and large pines and one is greeted with their scent while traveling along Fallen trees and boulders form quiet pools for fish to take up residence And if one is brave enough to let his line drift into the willows, he is bound to catch either a fish, or a snag A full-grown man can just about jump the entire width of the creek, but the usual mode of travel is to deftly step across the protruding stones while balancing the fishing pole in one hand, and bait, gear, and previously caught fish in the other Over the years, this small stream has become a favorite for the communities on either side of the mountain, and it is not unusual to see campers sitting around a bright crackling fire after twilight, spinning tales of adventures experienced along its gliding waters Local folklore has it that Brigham Young once met Chief Walker along its banks to negotiate a peace agreement between the settlers and the bands of marauding Indians that roamed the hills As we reached our destination and unpacked our gear, there was anticipation for the contest to begin The unspoken challenge was to be the one with the most fish' Each of us had a favorite place, and we departed knowing we would not meet again until well after dark 58
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch 27
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326242
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s60863fm/326242