Family History Destinations–Going Home

Going Home–Blanding

My grandparents on my father’s side lived in Blanding and so it was home to my father. My grandmother on my mom’s side moved there for work, and at the age of 20, my mom joined her and helped her run an Indian Dormitory for a few years. This is where my mom and dad met and lived there for a while. Later after my father died, my mother moved to Blanding when she married my father’s brother, and they lived there together for a few years.  So Blanding is a  ”Going Home Family Reunion.”

My mother held a family reunion here and people from all over the state and outside of Utah came. Relatives who still live there arranged for tours and hikes to Ancient Native American sites, or horseback riding adventures, etc. That evening we all gathered for dinner and a campfire. We sang old songs around the campfire, and then my mom presented a reader’s theater based on a newspaper article of my great grandfather. He was a polygamist and had three wives. The first wife decided she didn’t like polygamy and with the help of those people who came into Utah–reporters, spies, agents–to try to expose the practice as evil. She was aided in deciding to sue her husband for polygamy. It was the first trial, but it was brought against him by his wife. This was reported in newspapers all over the country like New York and Chicago. This  article came from a Chicago Newspaper. It was written cleverly with a sense of humor, and so Mom assigned parts to different people such as the wife, Thomas Hawkins, the reporter, the judge, etc. And it was performed. Afterwards my aunt who had known him as her grandfather and had researched a lot shared the rest of the story with us. Until then I didn’t know much about my great grandfather, but I have always remembered that part of his life. We all learned a lot in a memorable way.

Destination: Paiute Trail

Paiute Trail in the Tushar Mountains

My kids and grand kids, and especially my husband love to camp. We went camping with our whole family along the Piute Trail in the Tushars, close to Beaver, Utah. We took a couple of ATVs and took turns seeing the sites around us. Some of the trails were very narrow and interesting (top right). We all got in the truck and visited the old Kimberly Gold Mine area. There is a large building/cabin that has information about the area (bottom right). I understand there is still gold in that area.

Family Trip-Piute Trail

Top Row–There are great ATV trails in this area. Middle Row: Wild Mountain Goats; the Silver King Mine area with Brigham Daniel Darger, and Pansy Permilia Brown’s home.

One of the most delightful things about this area are the mountain goats. We hiked until we saw them and then followed them a bit. It was a wonderful sight! It rained on us every day, but we had good tents and movies on iPads f or the kids. When it would stop raining we would gather together and play games, or go exploring.  I loved splashing mud on the kids as we drove through the mud puddles It is absolutely gorgeous area!