Castle Valley America: Hard Land, Hard-won Home by Nancy Taniguchi

By Nancy Taniguchi

This is often American background advised during the tales of an extraordinary, for Utah, area. fort Valley is approximately conterminous with counties, Carbon and Emery, which jointly shaped a rural, commercial enclave in a quite often desolate tract surroundings at the back of the mountain diversity that borders Utah’s primary hall of payment. In fortress Valley, coal mining and the railroad attracted diversified, multiethnic groups and a good proportion of ancient characters, from Butch Cassidy, who stole its greatest payroll, to mom Jones, who helped set up its employees opposed to its mining businesses. one of the final significant segments of the nation to be settled, it was once additionally a in general terrible area that stretched the services of individuals to scratch a dwelling from a harsh panorama. the folks of chateau Valley skilled complicated, strange combos of either social solidarity and clash, yet they struggled via poverty, exertions disputes, significant mining failures, and different demanding situations to construct groups whose tales mirrored the old process the kingdom as an entire. with a view to show her subject’s either detailed and consultant traits, then, Nancy Taniguchi has written an epic background that's not simply neighborhood background yet American historical past writ in the neighborhood.

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Then drought and cold arrived. ”74 Next came the grasshoppers. Ferron’s John Lemmon made a hurried trip to Manti to buy chickens to eat the ‘hoppers; by the time he got back, all the insects had left, gorged on the community’s crop. Livestock fared no better. Lemmon and John Duncan had earlier driven over 2,000 head of cattle from Sevier Valley. 75 Others’ plans also foundered in Castle Valley’s climate swings. Along Cottonwood Creek, a new company of settlers had arrived in mid-1879, including the Jewkes family: Samuel and his sons and a daughter-in-law.

Leander Lemmon, Pete Grant, and Reuben Miller brought sheep in from California. 35 Lemmon eventually prospered; by 1897 he had an elegant brick residence worth $3,500, which endured into the twenty-first century as “among the finest surviving examples of nineteenth-century . . ”36 Stockmen came slightly later along the north side of the Price River. The two Whitmore brothers, James (or “Tobe”) and George, began running some of Castle Valley’s largest cattle herds in an area called Sunnyside in the Book Cliffs, giving their name to the canyon just above it.

During that terrible winter, the people remaining in Castle Valley felt absolutely cut off. ”77 Finally, four local merchants started out, abandoning their wagon on the east side of the Wasatch Plateau to struggle up Salina Canyon through eight-foot drifts. They bought goods and came back, leading three pack horses, one of which tumbled off a fifty-yard-high ledge spilling the group’s small keg of liquor. The men arduously dug out the horse, readjusted the pack, and then ate some of the liquor-sodden snow.

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