where many of my photographs from the High Uintas are available. If you don’t see in the STORE what interests you, but find it in the
Photography, or in one of my trip reports, let me know and I’ll advise the site manager to get it there.
I quote information that comes from
“The Utah County Court Minutes, from February through July 1853.”
“Early in 1853, Alfred Walton, Jerome Benson, and a Mr. Wilson received permission from the Utah County Court to build a timber slide down the canyon located between the two peaks rising south of Slate Canyon. This slide would be located conveniently between Provo and Springville. In order for the grant to be valid the company had to build the slide during the coming season. If the men constructed the slide, they could control it and have jurisdiction over the timber on the mountain above it..”
This permission was granted first, for the area known as Buckley Mountain that has two peaks, with a ravine separating the higher on the north from the lower on the south–located between Provo & Springville, Utah. So via Google Earth from the Y Mt./Slide Canyon/Mt. area east of Provo, we fly south to Buckley Mountain.
Below, we see it in two photographs in early Fall. This is not a hiking trail as I assumed for many years, rather the pathway of the timber slide created in 1853….163 years ago.
The slide pathway ends in the shadows of the rock outcrop.
September 20, 2016
WE BEGIN THE NEW EFFORT
The valley is smokey due to several forest fires in the mountains up Spanish Fork Canyon.
All of a sudden the sound of helicopters passing overhead has me looking up and seeing three of them heading for the fires.
Those who know me, realize that you will be blessed by me sharing a few of my
VISIONS OF NATURE along the way.
There are many of such VISIONS !
Looking back to keep us in touch with where we are.
……and from the same spot looking down.
But, again, after a bit of rest decided to just go a little further to get a better view of where I was.
That “little further” had come into view the rock outcroppings where I knew the slide pathway started, or ended.
All of a sudden I reached the area where on Google Earth views I could see small cleared spaces in the area where timber products were brought from up higher, and loaded into the slide, “trough” or “chute.”
We weren’t dealing here with the kind of tropical wood we had in Guatemala that literally lasted for even thousands of years in Mayan ruins–and which wood we used in areas like Chulac, mentioned in my previous post, to make outhouse floors that wouldn’t rot.
I fought my way through the scrub oak and maple to find the cleared spaces, looking for artifacts.
And, finally found ONE! You see it below, a very rusty artifact.
I did, as I have tried to do with tie hacker artifacts, leaving them in place for scientific examination. In this case it’s not likely that any archaeologist will ever go up that mountain, and so I should have brought it home to preserve and examine carefully….and maybe will go get it one of these days.
THE HISTORY OF TIN CANS
It began in France in 1795 when Napoleon Bonaparte offered a reward for someone inventing a method of preserving food for his military forces. Finally, in 1809, Nicolas Appert won the reward developing the sterilization method of preserving foods, but using glass bottles. A year later in England, Peter Durand patented the tin can for preserving food. By 1847-49 machines were patented in the U.S. for making tin cans speeding up the process from 5-6/hour to 50-60/hour, and preserved foods grew in popularity. By 1866 an improved method of sealing the cans was patented.
So in the time of the Pioneer Timber Slides, tin cans existed. Whether my find was from then, who knows…..but, since the slides, nothing else much has happened in that area to have a rusty tin can be there.
IN THE MEANTIME….ONE CONCLUSION:
Those who worked up on Buckley Mountain were pretty good at abiding by LAW #1:
“LEAVE NO TRACE!”
Below are views of VISIONS OF NATURE taken from the rock outcropping where the timber slide pathway ended……
…….and zooming in on my car that I had to get to for food and water!
Last of all I quote again the ending from the previous post:
“Large logs as well as small ans [ones] would run with great rapidity….We would often start timbers at the top end of the slide an[d] it would run the entire [way to the] loading place with out a stop.”
Then quoting the journal of a John C. Dowdle, who wrote: [It worked] “admirably as far as tried.” John and his brother Robert, worked on the construction of the slide, harvested logs to be used as fuel and lumber, and slide them down the chute. Since lumbermen used the slide mainly in the winter, they labored under unfavorable working conditions. Dowdle said at times the snow was from two to eight feet deep on the mountain. Alexander P. Chesley, who helped cut and slide the timber, lived in such destitution that he had to wrap his feet in burlap sacking in place of shoes. Working in these dire circumstances presented at least one advantage. Dowdle wrote, ‘By laboring in this manner during the winter we made a tolarable good living.'” p.133
My admiration for the pioneers grew exponentially once more, and I am filled with gratitude for the work and sacrifices they made to help make possible so many blessings we now enjoy–and we in turn should in our own way focus some of our energies also on making the world a better place for others.
NOTE: The historical references I have quoted are pretty much all that exists so far, mostly coming from D. Robert Carter’s two books pictured below.
HEADED DIRECTLY FOR WHAT I NEEDED MOST:
near the Provo City Mall.