Secrets From the Past

Ralph Smith lived close to the mountains and each night they could hear blasting from Nancy’s Mine and then they would see two men, usually with gunny sacks of something coming down the mountain. Ralph’s story: “When I was 10 years old I was hiking in Bear Canyon along the stream. It was steep and so much brush I could…

jordan beetdiggers

Schools of every type have followed the tradition of choosing a mascot to represent them. The frightening reincarnations of Vikings, leopards, bears and eagles are emblazoned on sports uniforms and proudly displayed at places of prominence on and in the schools. Even professional sports teams are known by their bold symbols. They are revered, sung about and recognized as the…

Raise the Flag and Fire the Cannon

Draper residents have always been involved in July 24th celebrations. In 1857, Andrew Jackson wrote: “Having got thro with my harvist I concluded to attend the selebration and a picnic party at the head of Big Cottonwood Canion 26 miles from my home.” Draper residents were among 2,587 Saints celebrating the 10th anniversary of the arrival of the pioneers into…

You Live Where?

"You live where?" This is the question the residents of Draper were asked before the year 1978. To many, Draper was just another town located on the south end of Salt Lake County. The history behind Draper beings in the fall of 1849 when settlers discovered a beautiful cove of approximately 15 square miles. There were four streams in the area…