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Holden, Utah

Posted by graywacke on January 31, 2009

First timers – check out “About Landng,” above.

Dan –  Two steps back, two steps forward, two steps back.  That translates to 2 OSers: AZ & AZ; 2 USers:  GA & TX; and 2 OSers:  MN and . . . UT; 58/45; 3/10; 1 (breaking a run of 12 4/10 or greater); 167.0. 

Curious about what part of Utah in which I landed?  Listen to my watershed entry:  Central Utah Canal (2nd hit); Sevier R (7th hit); Internal.  That’s right, the Sevier R winds through central UT, but just ends up in a patch of desert.

According to Utah Online, the Sevier is one of the most used river in the U.S.  That’s right, almost no water is “wasted.”  Nearly every drop is used (mainly for agricultural irrigation).  More specifically:

Less than 1 percent of the total precipitation that lands in the watershed is not consumed.

Here’s a map of the watershed:

 Sevier River Basin

My landing is right on the eastern border of the lower watershed (east of the “lake”).  Here’s my local map:

 landing

As you can see, I landed near Holden.  Here’s a broader view:

 holden

More from Utah Online:

Holden was first settled in 1855 and named Cedar Springs for the springs amongst the cedar trees that the community was built around. The town then assumed the name Buttermilk Fork because travelers passing through were encouraged to stop for a glass of cold buttermilk while they rested. Elijah E. Holden was an early settler and an honored member of the Mormon Battalion. He froze to death in the nearby mountains and it was decided to name the community in his honor. It was incorporated in 1923.

He froze to death?  Makes one wonder about the circumstances.  I suspect that early settlers generally knew how to handle themselves through a Utah winter.  So anyway, what about the Mormon Battalion?  From Wiki:

The Mormon Battalion was the only religious unit in American military history, serving from July 1846 to July 1847 during the Mexican-American War. The battalion was a volunteer unit of about 500 Latter-day Saint men led by Mormon company officers, commanded by regular army officers. The battalion eventually made a grueling march from Council Bluffs, Iowa to San Diego, California.

The battalion’s march and service was instrumental in helping secure new lands in several Western states, especially the Gadsden Purchase of 1853 of much of southern Arizona.  The march also opened a southern wagon route to California.  Veterans of the battalion played significant roles in America’s westward expansion in California, Utah, Arizona and other parts of the West.

At the time they enlisted, Mormon leaders were seeking U.S. government aid for their migration west to the Rocky Mountains and Salt Lake Valley.  Under continued harrassment, they had fled Nauvoo, Illinois and were camped among the Potawatomi Indians, where they expected to spend the winter.

Brigham Young sought assistance from the federal government for the Mormon trek west and sent an emissary to Washington, who arrived in Washington only eight days after Congress had declared war on Mexico.  After several meetings President Polk agreed to assist the Mormons if  “five hundred to one thousand” men enlisted.

Brigham Young wrote a letter justifying the call-up to the Saints:

“The President wants to do us good and secure our confidence. The outfit of this five hundred men costs us nothing, and their pay will be sufficient to take their families over the mountains . . . the thing is from above for our own good.”

This is my second landing where I bumped into the Mormon Battalion.  Dan – remember Mormon Bar, (a July 2008 landing)?  It was on the American River in Cen CA, where many of the Mormon Battalion ended up looking for gold.  Remember, there was a scoundrel amongst the Mormons who ripped off his brethren.

So here’s a picture of a funky old garage in Holden.  I love the architecture.

 the-y-service-station-holden

Here’s the side view of the garage.  A little less architecturally pure . . .

 side-view

I stumbled on a motorcycle travel blog.  Click HERE to see the whole blog (it’s pretty cool).  The motorcyclist spent one night camped out in the countryside near Holden.  Here’s a picture:

 outside-of-holden

“Til next time . . .

 

KS

Greg

 

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