Panguitch, Utah: Quilt Walk Survival Statue

Desperate to get food for their starving town, they trekked miles over snow in 1864-65 by spreading a quilt, walking over it, then dragging the quilt around and and walking over it again and again.
Address:
90 Center St., Panguitch, UT
Directions:
Downtown. On the south side of US-89/Center St., just east of its intersection with UT-143/S. Main St.
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The winter of 1864-1865 was extremely cold in Panguitch; snow was deep. The closest supplies were either 115 miles north in Gunnison, or 40 miles west over the difficult Bear Valley Road in Parowan. Seven men left Panguitch to go to Parowan to get flour and food for the starving colony. At the head of Bear Valley they had to abandon their two yoke of oxen and a light wagon because of the deep snow. They proceeded on foot. The only progress that could be made over this frozen, crusted snow, was to lay a quilt down, walk to the end of it, relay it and walk again. In this way they reached Parowan and were able to return to Panguitch with supplies to feed the starving people of the colony.

[John Teate, 05/31/2019]

We carry a quilt in the trunk for this exact situation.

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