Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin

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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
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326508
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Title Settlement of Sanpitch River Basin
Description Was the basin suitable for the settlement and support of a human population? The early Mormons, after reaching the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. soon became curious of what the next valley was like Scouts were sent out to explore The Sanpitch River Basin in central Utah was discovered. Its suitability for settlement was declared favorable but only by stalwart, energetic immigrants from northern Europe, who had experience with cool climates and adversity Families from Denmark, Norway, Sweden and England were encouraged to settle in the Sanpitch Basin The entire valley was considered available for distribution in "farm style" according to church guidelines Allotments were distributed in relation to natural features of the terrain and in accordance to the interest of the settlers who had established "squatier's rights " Some settlers had no choice The alluvial fans at the out-flow of perennial streams were preferred. "Settlements" developed at Milbum, Fairview, Mt Pleasant, Spring City, Moroni, Fountain Green, Chester. Ephraim, Manti. Sterling, and Mayfield Many areas were claimed that were unsuited for agriculture either by irrigation or dry fanning. Many areas so "patented" would not have qualified for acquisition and settlement under the federal homestead laws The settlements had to be centralized and be particularly concerned about protection from the Indians, who considered the settlements as an intrusion to their territory and their hunting grounds Fortresses were built in most of the settlements But there were some problems. In one case, according to report from old timers, one married settler who had no children was accused, captured and found guilty of molesting a fair Indian maiden Penalty was administered by modifying his masculinity, and he sinned no more. He lived to an old age The settlement population prospered and grew. The need for education was recognized and school houses, as well as churches (some in combination), were built. Snow Academy in 128
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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 326474
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