Trip to Manti - Part 3 of 4
After the Manti Pageant we came back to the hotel and retired for the
night. I showered the next morning in that antique bathroom then
read through some of the books there on the dresser. What fun to
be in such an old place.
This building is called a
Tabernacle. From the days of Kirtland and Nauvoo, the early
Mormon settlers concentrated more on building temples than building
chapels for meeting. Instead of meeting in several congregations
in various chapels or churchs, they would build a common meeting hall
like this tabernacle. It wasn't until the late 1800s that they
were encouraged to meet in their various wards (chapels).
We found a small book
store within a room off a dry goods store.
On the other side of the
street was a candie store.
Traffic was light so I
waited for the right moment then stepped out into the middle of the
street for these next two shots. Here's what the street looked
like in one direction...
Here it is in the other
There were many, many
historic looking homes.
There were a couple
originals like this log home.
But most homes were made
of this hewn stone. Notice this unusual picket fence.
Here's another example of
the stone. I think it's standstone.
Here's a house for sale
if you're interested. We didn't check the price.
The picture of this
swollen stream doesn't give as much of an indication of the rushing
water from snow melt as I would have liked. So there's a video
attached if you care to watch it. Just click the picture below or
right-click, select "Save Target As" and save the video to your desktop
for viewing. It's nearly 4 megabytes so it may take a while to
This old stone home was
We never did figure out what
the purpose of these stars was. Thanks to a friend who told me
decorative stars were used on 18th and 19th century barns, I'm sure
that must be the purpose of these stars.
I got several shots of this old
chapel turned into a barn. Or maybe it was a barn to begin with,
It didn't seem to matter what
angle we shot this thing from, it was obscured.
If it wasn't the trees it was
the high wall that obscured it.
We drove around the block
taking photos from every angle but these are the best we could do.
This pic is over-enhanced but I
wanted to show the writing which says it's a marker for the original
fort built to protect them from Indian attacks. They were invited
to come to this area by the Ute chief but there were hostiles in the
are who killed many whites before peace was established.
The marker says the walls of the fort were 12 feet high and 2 feet
This is the old bishop's
storehouse in Manti.
Nowadays, a bishop's storehouse
is for distributing groceries and other necessities to the poor members
of the church. In former times, when they attempted to live an
united order, it was for collecting tithes and other goods for payment
on everything from taking care of the poor to paying off workers for
public works projects.
I enhanced this photo so you could read the stone marker better.
Here was maintained a dugout
like the original first homes in the area.
A closer look.
This marker says, "At the
invitation of Wakara, Chief of the Ute Indian Nation... Brigham Young
sent Isaac Morely with 224 pioneers to make the [Sanpete] Valley their
home..." They survived 3 feet of snow the first winter by digging
into this hillside. Half their cattle froze or starved.
Next spring they were overrun by rattlesnakes from the ledges above.
"Pioneer journal entries record that the settlers killed hundreds of
snakes, yet miraculously not a single person was bitten."
Here's the cliffs above
referred to by the marker. Looks like they may have used this
cliffs to quarry some of the stone used for the houses in town.
Before we left town we drove up
on top of temple hill for Linda to get a shot of the valley with her
This is facing west across the
road which runs north-south.
This looks back up the road
(between the trees) toward the north.
Another view looking west.
After a few photos we were off
back down the hill toward the highway and home.
As we departed, we noticed this
sweet little dove keeping a vigil over the place.
an example of some of the agriculture you see when you get well out of
town. The west is famous for raising livestock.
In this last photo I had to
show the famous turkey farms. Too bad we didn't get a good
closeup of the turkeys near Manti. You'll have to wait 'til later
to go to Part 4 of our trip.