Manti's River Lane

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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
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Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 326649
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Title Manti's River Lane
Description buggies, horseback riders, and the hack driving back and forth from the Wales depot to Manti delivering its passengers who worked on the Manti Temple. The supplies for the building of the Temple were hauled over the River Lane. Entertainment was also found before crossing the Sanpitch river bridge on the River Lane when Charles Patten homesteaded land around Alex Barton's pond. He installed a merry-go-round, and Ferris wheel, and had boats and a half-mile race track Many of the fastest horses in all of Utah were brought to this track. Two such horses were named Dudley and Pigeon. It's hard to believe this happened over 110 years ago. Some of the land owners along the River Lane were Tan Crawford, W.T. Reid, Jim Barton, Fred Cox, Edward E. Fox, Robert Boyington with his brothers Tom and John, Will Lowry, C. W. Luke, and John Crawford. I remember as a teenager the old adobe house, called the Fox House, that stood vacant and abandoned just east of the River Bridge at the end of the lane. It was surrounded by large poplar trees. Today you can still see the tree logs, through the old house is long gone. The road through the wet pasture land was constructed of cedar posts laid side by side then covered with two feet of dirt. The old wooden Sanpitch river bridge was destroyed by the floods in 1983. Today there is a good cement bridge wide enough for two cars to pass at the same time. There are also weirs that regulate the river water, enabling the flooding of the surrounding acres of swampland. Sometime ago, I heard Lee Barton tell the story of the time when he was just five years of age. His father tied him to his faithful horse, sending him on his way down the River Lane in order to get a message to his family regarding an emergency. He sent his young son 87
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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 326596
Reference URL