Outlaw Trail Journal – Summer 2013

OTJ Sum2013 ad cover973   These booklets make a great gift for those folks who have everything. They have a great assortment of historical articles that are educational and entertaining.  Get a subscription for the one you love!

Oral Histories and Life Stories

The Regional History Center has been conducting oral interviews with long-time residents, war veterans, members of the Ute Tribe, and many others since 1969.

What is an oral history?

  • Oral History is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life.
  • Oral History is a method of historical documentation.
  • Oral History often touches on topics scarcely covered by written documents, and by doing so, fills in the gaps of records that make up early historical records.

How can I help?

  • Come into the Regional History Center or call and we will help you get started.
  •  If you have a friend or relative that you would like to do an oral history of, we will help you to set up an appointment for an interview.  We will conduct the interview or you would also be able to do the interview – or both.

Oral History Indexes:

Alphabetical & Topical INDEX

Tape Number Index

Selected Oral Histories are posted on the Internet Archive

Sample transcriptions posted:

Leonard Cook Oral History Transcription

Faron Wilkins Oral History Transcription

 

To access transcriptions and audio recordings for oral history interviews you may visit the Uintah County Library’s Regional History Center at the Uintah County Administrative Building, First Floor 152 East 100 North Vernal, Utah, 84078 or you may request that a transcription or audio recording be made available electronically. To request that an item be digitized please complete the form below:

Uinta Basin Healers

healersWe are pleased to announce the publication of Uinta Basin Healers. The book is available at the Regional History Center. To order a copy please call (435)789-0091 ext 19. $30.00. Doris Karren Burton, Retired director of the Library’s Regional History Center, spent ten years researching and writing this book.

Please note: Uinta is spelled without the “h” when describing the geographic area (i.e. Uinta Basin). In political contexts the word is spelled with the “h” (Uintah County, Uintah School District). We don’t know why they started doing it that way…they just did.

Book Summary:

When settlers began to arrive in the Uinta Basin in 1873, licensed members of the medical profession were not available. People had to make-do with home remedies and folk wisdom. This book shares life sketches, memories, and discusses the contributions made to the communities of the Uinta Basin by medical practitioners.

When settlers began to arrive in Uinta Basin in 1873, licensed members of the medical profession were not available. People had to make-do with home remedies and folk wisdom.

In 1874 Wibur Britt arrived in old Ashley town, he had attended medical school for one year. Britt was serving as doctor, dentist, and druggist in 1879-80 when a diphtheria epidemic struck the community.

Once the Uintah Indian Agency was established at Whiterocks, a doctor was stationed at the Agency in 1883. However, it was a long buggy or horseback ride for people to travel to Whiterocks for medical attention.

After 1888 a few doctors trickled in and others left, as they had to deal with too many hardships. They had to travel great distances on poor dirt wagon roads. Epidemics of scarlet and typhoid fever occurred which many of the doctors did not recognize or know how to treat other than to quarantine the homes.

These hardships were more than many of the doctors could endure and therefore they left the area.

A list of doctors known to practice in the area can be found in the appendix of this book.

Hardback, c2011, xii, 362 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
Appendix and index included

About the Author:

Doris Karren Burton has a deep-rooted history in the history of Uintah County. She was born in the county, and her grandparents and great-grandparents were instrumental in the settlement of Vernal, Utah. Thirty years ago Mrs. Burton retired as director of the Uintah County Library to establish the Regional History Center. Today the center employs four full-time people and has vast collections of historical documents, books, photographs and more.

To purchase the book:

You may contact the Regional History Center and order by phone, pick up a copy at a Vernal area bookstore, or complete the form below to have us contact you. We hope to add an online purchasing ability in the near future.

Flaming Gorge Dam Photo Book

Book Description:

FlamingGorge

As early as 1915, the Flaming Gorge Canyon, named by early explorer Wesley Powell, was considered for a reservoir and dam site. For years, the Upper Colorado River Storage Committe fought to build a dam on several sites along the Green River. Finally, on October 18, 1956, a large crowd gathered at the Flaming Gorge Dam site as President Eisenhower gave the signal from Washington, DC, and the first blast of dynamite lifted rocks from the deep canyon high into the sky. As smoke filled the air, those in attendance knew their efforts had at last paid off. The Flaming Gorge Dam is nestled in a beautiful canyon with walls of bright vivid color, rugged terrain, and breathtaking views. The 502-foot-tall dam was dedicated in 1964. It provides water storage for Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, and Arizona and hydroelectric power for five million households in the western United States. The Flaming Gorge Recreation Area is well known throughout the country for outdoor activities.

Author Bio: Uintah County Regional History Center was started in 1982 by Doris Karren Burton. The center is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available biographies, histories, maps, local newspapers, and photographs that tell the story of the Greater Uinta Basin

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Arcadia FGD

Ashley Valley Photo Book

Ashley Valley

Book Description:

Situated within northeastern Utah’s mountainous Uinta Basin, the Ashley Valley takes its name from William Ashley, a trapper who passed through the area in 1825. Both beautiful and rugged, the Ashley Valley’s landscape required a lot of grit from its first settlers. An early expedition party sent out by territorial governor Brigham Young called the area unfit for settlement. This delayed permanent American settlement until 1876, when a few hardy families formed communities in the area, including Ashley, Vernal, Maeser, Dry Fork, Glines, Naples, Davis, and Jensen. The valley was rich in minerals and oil and saw its share of boom-and-bust cycles, as miners and oil-workers struck out to find fortune and left facing government regulations. The Ashley Valley pioneers were a stalwart, hardworking mix of settlers, farmers, miners, and other hardy folk who left a rich legacy. Today, as visitors come over the valley hill, they will encounter a community with a developing oil and gas industry, modern growth, and traditional small-town appeal.

Author Bio: Uintah County Regional History Center was started in 1982 by Doris Karren Burton. The center is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and making available biographies, histories, and photographs that tell the story of the Ashley Valley and the Greater Uinta Basin region.

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(If you click here you will be directed to Arcadia’s website):

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“Miss Uintah Basin Sweethart” 1967

sweethartDo you know who the “Miss Uintah Basin Sweethart” of 1967 was? Was it your mom or sister? Find out the answer to this question and many other in the Online Vernal Express archives: http://udn.lib.utah.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/vernal4/id/26669/rec/7

Online History Resources

We, at the Regional History Center, have a few favorites for researching local history online. These quality sites are listed below.  We find them very useful in answering many of the questions concerning our history.

Online History Resources

 

Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Mountain West Digital Library The Mountain West Digital Library is a central search portal for digital collections about the Mountain West region.  It provides free access to over 650,000 resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, and other parts of the U.S. West.

Smithsonian was founded in 1846.  The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

Uintah Basin Teaching American History  This site was originally a project funded by a Teaching American History Grant.   Scholar Antonio Arce (director of the Ute Tribe Education Department), compiled a vast amount of highly significant historic resources from historic markers, to websites that offer general overviews of the past. The web site focuses on Western American history and includes a variety of Native American Indian references.

Utah American Indian Digital Archive   A joint project of The Utah Division of Indian Affairs, KUED, the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, and the American West Center.   This site contains completely digitized historically significant documents, photographs, books, and more relating to Utah’s recognized American Indian Tribes.

Utah Digital Newspapers  Online access to historical newspapers throughout Utah including the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Vernal Express, Myton Free Press, and many other regional Utah newspapers. This s a great collection of primary source newspapers for avid historians and beginners.  Newspapers help us to find the context for photographs, documents and life activities.  They are also useful for those researching their own family roots–especially if you know which town your family lived.

Utah Historical Society   The Utah Historical Society, in cooperation with the Utah Division of State History, publish the Utah Historical Quarterly, and has a vast collection of historic Utah sources including Pioneer era Letters, Diaries, Photographs and collections that document the history of the state.

Lost Souls

identifyme

Can you help us identify people?

  •  Are you a long-time resident?
  • Can you tell just by looking at someone if they are a Davis, Searle, Slaugh, Huffaker, etc?
  • Do your parents or grandparents have this gift?

If so, we need your help. We just received a very wonderful donation of thousands of photographs that we need to identify.

 

Please call the History Center at 789-6276 to give us the information or set up some time to help.

 

Awesome Maps

Rand McNalley 1879

Links to Uintah County GIS, Recorder’s office, relevant websites,