Ephraim's Four Forts

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1998
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Ephraim's Four Forts
Description EPHRAIM'S FOUR FORTS Virginia Nielson Non Professional Third Place Historical Essay Ephraim appeared to be an extremely friendly, interesting pioneer village when I arrived as a bride in 1933, One day, during a walk, I noticed a layer of stone blocks that appeared to be the remnant of a large structure These were near an alleyway south of the Ephraim Library. To my surprise, I learned these were the remains of a large fort. A plan for preservation fell on deaf ears, and the site was soon leveled. I resolved to help preserve pioneer memorabilia and research Ephraim's history. Pioneer journals recorded troubled early days: four forts were constructed for protection against Indian attacks. Ephraim's history began in 1852. Isaac Behunin was the first white settler. He claimed land for himself, his wife, and nine children. A dug-out, constructed on the north bank of Pine Creek, served as their home for about two years. His plans to farm adjoining land were thwarted by frosts and Indian difficulties, therefore, they moved south Henry Green and other settlers soon arrived. The pioneers harvested berries and other plants, fish and game, which had served as the Indian's source of food. They plowed land, made roads, dredged ditches, and erected homes on land the Indian's claimed as their property Some Indians resented the intrusion and coveted the pioneer's livestock. They made forays upon their property and animals, then began injuring and even killing some pioneers. A critical situation ensued and, under the direction of President Brigham Young, sturdy forts were soon constructed. 55
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 30
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326413
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