Sleighing Around the Square

Here is a winter story taken from History of Iron County Mission and Parowan  by Mrs Luella Adams Dalton. The story was told by William C. Mitchell and probably took place in Parowan.

William C Mitchell, the story teller. From SUU Special Collections.

William C Mitchell, the story teller. From SUU Special Collections.

“Sleighing parties were always a lot of fun when the winter’s snow piled high and the weather dropped down to the butt end of zero. Walter and I built us a fine big sleigh, that wouldn’t tip over and old Bonnie and Bounce were fat and fit for a race. The old double racetrack around the square, one on either side of the giant cottonwood trees that stood in the center of the street, saw many a race with sleighs loaded clear to the brim.

One night , Ed Burton, Ada Orton, Walter and Mary Orton, Laurette and I hitched old Bonnie and Bounce to the sleigh for a spin around the town. We hadn’t gone far till we met Charlie Norris, Thomas Henry Evans and a crowd in their sleigh.

We started down the north side of the square on the south of the trees where the snow wasn’t so good as it had melted in places. Charlie and Thomas started down the north of the trees and the race was on. Right in our path loomed Jenkin Evans carrying two big  buckets of water he had gotten from the ditch. He managed to dodge in and out as we darted by, but we could have reached out and touched him.

We turned south, past Wm. Morrise’s. Walter ran smack into a big pile of poles stacked in the street, so Charlie got ahead of us, but we caught up with them on the turn east. When we got in front of the Co-op store (on the bank corner) they run us up into the Co-op scales that were set up in the street.

Then Walter got out in a head and crowded them right into the water hole on the corner north of the Bank, where the stream was divided. A big hole had been chopped in the ice for the cattle to drink out of.

Well that was the end of the big race for Charlie’s sleigh was all busted to smitherens, but it was a lot of fun just the same.”

Iron County Sleigh ride.

Iron County Sleigh ride.

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

With the recent snow in Cedar City, we thought we would post some of our favorite historic winter photos. Enjoy, and stay warm and dry.

Utah Parks Company Chauffeur's Lodge.  This building was located directly behind the depot.

Utah Parks Company Chauffeur’s Lodge. This building was located directly behind the depot.

The Snow Tank at Cedar Breaks. This incredible machine is now on exhibit at Frontier Homestead.

The Snow Tank at Cedar Breaks. This incredible machine is now on exhibit at Frontier Homestead.

A winter view of the Cedar City Tabernacle. Looking South on Main St. The building in the foreground is now Wells Fargo.

A winter view of the Cedar City Tabernacle. Looking South on Main St. The building in the foreground is now Wells Fargo.

Cedar Breaks Lodge 1950. This photo is courtesy of Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks Lodge 1950. This photo is courtesy of Cedar Breaks National Monument

Best for Last. A Main Street winter scene circa 1935.This photo is looking south from the corner of Main and 200 North.

Best for Last. A Main Street winter scene circa 1935.This photo is looking south from the corner of Main and 200 North.

Christmas at the Homestead Thus Far

We have been celebrating the Christmas season all week at Frontier Homestead. Our partnership with the Utah Shakespeare Festival has resulted in a wonderful Christmas celebration. Remember the event continues through Saturday, 5:30-8pm each night. We wanted to share with you some of the images we have taken. We have lots more on our Facebook and Instagram pages. You can see them at the following links:

Please check all our social media outlets for videos and photos.

Please check all our social media outlets for videos and photos.

Who does not love trains?

Who does not love trains?

Different crafts each night.

Different crafts each night.

Great photo ops.

Great photo ops.

Lego ornaments.

Lego ornaments.

Our fiber art tree.

Our fiber art tree.

Our "wood" tree.

Our “wood” tree.

Trees, Snow, and Cabins Aglow

On December 4-5, The Homestead Christmas Market will fill Frontier Homestead with the sights, sounds, and smells of a frontier Christmas marketplace.  Over 20 artists and crafters have been invited to create an old-fashioned shopping experience.  In addition to the artisans in the Museum, the historic buildings will be transformed into authentic pioneer shops, full of exceptional, hand-crafted items.

Santa is on the way.

Santa is on the way.

Whether it’s exclusive handmade soap, a piece of whimsical or fine jewelry, a new painting or piece of art, a quilt or a toy, you will find it at the Homestead Christmas Market.  Drop by any time Friday December 4th between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm, or Saturday December 5th between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.  Entrance to the Christmas Market is $1.00/person.

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Come explore the Homestead lights.

Wrapping up the festivities is the week-long Christmas at the Homestead, December 7-12. Once again the Utah Shakespeare Festival is partnering with us to celebrate the season with entertainment, crafts, treats and nightly appearances from St. Nicholas. Activities start at 5:30 p.m. each evening and continue until 8:00. Entry is only $5 per family or $1.50 for individuals or a week long family pass is available  for $20.  We will also have pioneer themed stocking stuffers available at the gift shop.

Santa will be visiting each night.

Santa will be visiting each night.

Every evening the buildings will be lit up and open for exploration and Santa will be on hand each night for Christmas wishes. Bring your letters and give them to the man himself. Treats, crafts, and entertainment will be different each night. Come and enjoy this new Cedar City tradition. The schedule is below or check out the event page on this blog.

2015 Christmas at the Homestead Schedule

2015 Christmas at the Homestead Schedule

The Iron Tree. One of many to be seen at Christmas at the Homestead.

The Iron Tree. One of many to be seen at Christmas at the Homestead.

An example of one of our Homestead Christmas crafts.

An example of one of our Homestead Christmas crafts.

Examples of some of the many Christmas crafts we will be working on.

Examples of some of the many Christmas crafts we will be working on.