Washakorie's Curse

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1996
Type Text
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Language eng
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Washakorie's Curse
Description Washakorie's Curse Duane Hughes Professional First Place Historical Essay The year 1896 had double significance to the residents of Mt Pleasant, Sanpete County, Utah. The long anticipated news of Statehood for Utah coincided with the completion of a magnificent edifice built to serve as a much needed elementary school for the growing population of the town. Built of native sandstone hauled in from nearby mountains, and brick shipped in by rail from Salt Lake City, the three-story marvel boasted of twelve classrooms, offices, storage, and three marvelous staircases ornately carved by local artisans. The school was located on ground one block east of the town center. The plot had escaped development because it initially served as an Indian burial ground. To accommodate construction. two deceased Indians were exhumed and reburied in Indianola, against the wishes of Washakorle. out-of-wedlock son of Chief Washakie and an immigrant woman from Denmark. Also known as Tobacco Red, Washakorie was a handyman in Mt. Pleasant. He spoke fluent English, but could not read or write. At the early summer dedication of Hamilton School, which was named for an early settler. Washakorie interrupted the ceremonies to pronounce a curse upon the school, to last for one hundred years. Ghosts of the two deceased Indians were to haunt the school, and two white men were to lose their lives as punishment for disturbing the burial grounds. Washakorie was chased away and dismissed as a drunken fool. The school became the pride of the community, and the school bell was used for community notification of fires, floods, and special events. It could be heard clearly throughout the town. Along with the nearby Carnegie Library, the area became the cultural center of town 112 Hamilton School - Mt. Pleasant Courtesy Eleanor P. Madsen
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 28
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-23
Date Modified 2005-02-23
ID 326780
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