Happy Pioneer Day from Utah! Every July 24, the state of Utah likes to honor all the pioneer men and women who settled this state. Here in Bountiful, there’s a celebration called “Handcart Days” that includes a parade, food vendors, period clothing, and fireworks. My pioneer heritage includes ancestors from Denmark and England who came to this country for religious freedom during the late 1800s. They crossed the plains and settled a tiny little community in Northern Utah called Brigham City.
Every year at this time, I love to re-read books such as Little House on the Prairie (Little House, No 3) and O Pioneers! so I understand more about what my ancestors and other pioneers went through. When I was doing Wilma Magazine a few years ago, I did quite a bit of research on the pioneer life and living in homesteading cabins.
You can imagine my surprise and delight when I learned about an original Trapper Cabin in the area where we’ll be moving in Tollgate Canyon. It’s only a one room cabin measuring 390 square feet and was built in the same style and time as homesteading cabins from the pioneer era. It was originally built someplace else and was later moved up the mountain when someone purchased it. It’s other claim to fame is having one of the last outhouses on the mountain until the snow reclaimed it.
So, in honor of Pioneer Day today, I’m sharing some pictures of this cute little trapper cabin as a symbol and a reminder of our heritage, family history, and sacrifices our ancestors made.
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Have a great day!
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