Monday, March 26, 2012

brigham city fort

A few months ago, my brother sent me a link to an article and video in the news about a friend of ours from high school, Gene Hancock, being involved in restoring and renovating a pioneer site near Winslow AZ. It was part of the first LDS communities settled in Arizona in the 1870's. Here's the link .
Then this week, a friend in our ward stopped by to ask me to help with some lettering on a saddle banner for an event he was participating in. (Our stake was organized in 1954. It seems so young compared to the first stake in the state - 1878. That's 34 years before Arizona was even a state! )Anyway, as we were talking about it, I started to realize this was connected to the same project in Winslow. He was traveling up to the Leupp/Winslow area to participate in the 25 mile memorial ride to the Brigham City Fort. There were representatives from about 80 stakes around the state, a fireside, a barbeque, artifacts, memorabilia, children in pioneer costumes and a play specially written for this event and performed the previous evenings. Not only was there a big 25 mile ride, but a large group of young men from the Winslow and Holbrook areas rode 150 miles over 6 days or so along the original pioneer trail from Lee's Ferry.
There was a similar event way back in 1976, the nation's bicentennial year. I remember my dad and brothers participating. Now this event also celebrates the 100th birthday of our state.
This article was in the Church News last week, but somehow I missed it. I hope there will be more articles with photos now that the event has taken place.
I wish I had been aware of the project earlier. I would have enjoyed attending some of the festivities. I have fond memories of Winslow and wish we still had some family connections there or more reasons or opportunities to go visit. (yes, Terri, I know I need to come visit you more often!)

1 comment:

Terri said...

I didn't say anything, but since you mention it, when are you coming? The entire weekend was really great. The Church News wasn't able to come (Utah events get top billing!) but there were photos taken and hopefully a write up for the Church News. What an awesome sight to see 100 riders, led by the American and Arizona flags. My brother was happy.