Friday, January 22, 2021

"Legend of Mt. Timpanogas" From Our Archives


Once upon a time, in a land far far away (okay, not that far away.....just down in Utah County) lived a beautiful Native American princess named Ucanogos. Minutes after her birth, her mother died from complications, and the sole responsibility of raising her fell on her father's shoulders.

Ucanogos was a very happy child, and loved hiking in the mountains above their little village. As the years passed, she grew more beautiful with each passing year. Her beautiful flowing hair grew longer and longer, and the longer it grew, the more she reminded her father of his beloved wife. 
As the beautiful princess grew, so did the list of many young men in the village that longed to have her by their side. Being his only daughter, her father tried to find a suitable gentleman for her to marry. Nobody was ever good enough for her, and many young men were turned away.
Feeling discouraged, Ucanogos went for a walk up the beautiful mountain trail above the village. Her favorite quiet place were the caves at the top of the mountain pass. This was the only spot where she truly felt at peace.
One day while exploring the caves, Ucanogos heard a noise. Out of the shadows appeared a handsome young man named Timpanac. He had sparkling green eyes, broad shoulders, and a friendly smile. He had been sent by his village leader to explore the villages and mountains beyond, and had been led to the beautiful caves. Something about these mountains and caves had sparked an interest in him, and he could not stay away. The beautiful princess immediately fell in love, and knew that this was the man of her dreams, the one she had been waiting for.
Excited to tell the entire village that they had found each other, Ucanogos and Timpanac decided to wed immediately. They headed down the path towards the village, but a mountain rainstorm quickly blew in. Not familiar with the mountain path, Timpanac slipped and fell, plunging to his death. Devastated, Ucanogos vowed she would not live without him. She lept off the mountain, plunging to her death. When she landed in the grass below, she fell onto her back, her flowing long hair cascading behind her. Her knees were up, and her arms were out to her side.
Legend has it, that if you look close enough at Mount Timpanogos, you will see the silhouette of the beautiful princess: laying on her back, her flowing her cascading behind her, and her knees bent upward. This is where she is forever laid to rest, watching over her village town. If you walk the mountain path and venture into the caves on Mount Timpanogos, you will see where the great spirit melted their hearts together to create the Great Heart Of Timpanogos, a stalactite inside the cave. Take the tour of the caves with a guide, and you are sure to hear of this great legend, and view the stalactite. 
Is this legend true? Gaze at the mountain, and venture into the caves, and decide for yourself! You canread more information about hikes and tours on the Mt Timpanogos website. This is a hike that I remember doing as a young child. The path is paved and a great hike for families. Remember to take a jacket, even in summertime, because the caves are a little bit chilly.
This story and legend varies depending on who you talk to and what area of Utah they grew up, but the above story is the one that was told to me. Here are a few different versions of the same legend:
Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

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Mount Timpanogos at sunset.jpg
Mt. Timpanogos at Sunset
courtesy of Wikipedia
KATHY: I have climbed Mt Timpanogos twice. In 1937, following a BYU summer school concert sear the Aspen Grove trailhead that was promoted as a community climb of the mountain, I climbed thru the night to summit a daybreak. And again in the summer of 1988 I climbed it with my daughter Tracy. It was a much easier climb at 17 than 67. I regret never having climbed Mt Nebo. lee 

1 comment:

lee r christensen said...

KATHY: I have climbed Mt Timpanogos twice. In 1937, following a BYU summer school concert sear the Aspen Grove trailhead that was promoted as a community climb of the mountain, I climbed thru the night to summit a daybreak. And again in the summer of 1988 I climbed it with my daughter Tracy. It was a much easier climb at 17 than 67. I regret never having climbed Mt Nebo. lee

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

FROM CHARIOTS TO SPACE SHUTTLES ~~~ Submitted by Larry Staker

Railroad Tracks  
The  U.S.  Standard railroad gauge  (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.
That's an exceedingly odd number. Why was that gauge used?
Because that's the way they built them in  England , and English expatriates designed the  U.S. Railroads.

Why did the English build them like that?

Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used.
Why did 'they' use that gauge then?
Because the people who built the tram ways used the same jigs and tools that they had used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.

 Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?
Well, if they tried to use any other  spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in  England , because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts.


So, who built those old rutted roads?
Imperial  Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (including  England ) for their legions. Those roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels

Since the chariots were made for Imperial  Rome , they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.
Therefore, the  United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.
In other words, bureaucracies live forever.
So the next time you are handed a specification, procedure, or process, and wonder, 'What horse's ass came up with this?', you may be exactly right.
Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the rear ends of two war horses.

Now, the twist to the story:
When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, you will notice that there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.
These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs  The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory in  Utah .

The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit larger, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.

The railroad line from the factory  happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains and the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.
The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature  of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's ass.

And you thought being a horse's ass wasn't important!
Now you know, Horses' Asses control almost everything.

Explains a whole lot of stuff, doesn't it??!!




Monday, January 18, 2021

Ruby Armenta Madsen Ivory


Ruby Armenta Madsen Ivory

  Ruby Madsen Ivory was born May 17, 1892, at Mt. Pleasant, Utah. While she was still a child, her family moved from town to settling on a farm. Here Ruby worked in the fields and became known as a champion beet thinner. Upon entering school, she proved to be an excellent student and a well-known poetry enthusiast. Ruby was one of twelve students in the first class to be graduated from the North Sanpete High School. After her graduation, she attended summer school at the University of Utah and obtained a teaching certificate. In the fall of 1912, she began her teaching career in the public schools at Fountain Green, Utah. Besides teaching her classes, she enjoyed sleigh-riding parties, dances, and horse-and-buggy rides to Mt. Pleasant. From 1913 to 1917 Ruby taught in the elementary grades at Mt. Pleasant under the supervision of a former principal, P. M. Nielson. During the summer of 1917, Ruby left for Chicago to fulfill an L.D.S. mission. Upon her return home, she married to L. Royal Ivory in the Manti Temple on January 22, 1919. Ruby continued teaching in Fountain Green until the birth of her first daughter. When her two girls were grown and there was a demand for more teachers, she went back to the classroom. After the death of her husband in 1945, she moved to Salt Lake City to make her home and to continue teaching. While teaching school, Ruby was also active in church and community organizations. She was president of the Sanpete-Sevier District Federation of Women's Clubs, first president of the State Ladies' Woolgrowers Association, president of the Home Economics Club, and a member of the Sanpete Country Welfare and Emergency Committee. She was also stake president of the Primary Association for fifteen years, a Junior Seminary teacher, and a class leader for the Relief Society. When she died on July 2, 1958, her family consisted of two daughters-Lois and Hanna-and eight grandchildren.