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Let's Take a Ride

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1997
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
ARK ark:/87278/s6qr4v82
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326649
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6qr4v82

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Title Let's Take a Ride
Description LETS TAKE A RIDE Lois Kribs First Place Non Professional Historical Essay The completion of the Deseret Telegraph Line through Sanpete County, December 28, 1866, brought direct communication from Manti to Salt Lake City and through there to the entire commercial world. Sanpete was known as the "Granary of Utah," and the telegraph brought valuable information on the prices of grain, wool and cattle, thus advising the people when to start by team or horseback with their produce to Salt Lake City and the mining towns of southern Utah and eastern Nevada. Coal fields, discovered in Wales in 1859 by John E. Reese, were the only source of coal in Utah. In 1874 another coal field was developed within the county borders at Fairview, and a third coal mine was discovered in Six Mile Canyon near Sterling by Henry Thomas in 1887. The discovery of these coal fields were the impetus for railroad magnates in the early 1870's to build a narrow-gauge railway from Nephi to Wales. Sanpete County was now connected by rail to the outside world. The Sevier Valley Branch of the Rio Grande Western Railway was begun at Thistle in June 1890 and completed to Manti, a distance of sixty miles. It opened for traffic January 1, 1891. The railroad was well equipped with modern coaches and shipping facilities. What had once taken weeks to deliver by teams of horses and wagons could now make the trip to Salt Lake City in a few days with a vast amount of tonnage of grain, wool, sheep and cattle. On the return trip they would bring finished goods greatly desired by the early settlers. 22
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 29
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326585
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6qr4v82/326585