Bus Tour

WHAT TO EXPECT
Bus Tours last approximately 50-60 minutes. Participants will be on the bus the entire time and will receive a bus tour through parts of Ephraim, viewing historic sites, buildings, and homes that highlight the early history of the town and its Scandinavian settlers. Examples include the dugout site of Ephraim’s first resident (Isaac Behunin), the location of the “Ephraim Massacre” that occurred during conflicts with Native Americans, as well as the old pioneer cemetery, pioneer cabins and 19th century prominent homes.

TOUR START TIMES
11:30 am & 1:30 pm

TICKET PRICE & PURCHASE LOCATION: Tickets can be purchased for $3.00 per person at the information booth found on College Ave (100 N) between 100 E & 200 E (near the Snow College administration building).  Young children who sit on a parents lap will ride at no cost (free).

BOARDING LOCATION: The bus will be boarded at the northwest corner of College Ave (100 N) and 100 East.

 

To whet your appetite, here’s a preview:

Bus Tour Highlights

Martha Olsen & Cabin

Martha Olsen, outside what she describes as her “ancestral home,” a log cabin constructed around the turn of the century on Ephraim’s Main Street.

 
Ephraim Pioneer Cemetery 

In early days, Ephraim pioneers carted their dead more than 10 miles north to Spring City for burial. That changed one day when a group was en route to bury one of their own. They heard Indians were on the warpath, so they quickly buried the body in their tracks and returned home. Many other graves soon followed in the
same location. There are more than 2,000 known graves at the old cemetery. The cemetery records were destroyed in a fire in 1877, however in the late 20th century, concerned citizens  helped restore the cemetery, identify graves, and map grave locations. In 1901, someone decided the pioneer cemetery was too far from town to properly maintain. Joseph E. Anderson was given the assignment of purchasing 10 acres closer to town and laying it out. After that, many families exhumed their dead and reburied them at the new Park Cemetery.

 
Madsen Home 

Built in 1900, this Victorian home features a tin roof, a wraparound staircase, and parquet flooring. The home remained in the Madsen family until 1990.

 
  Rich Hansen Home

Located in Pioneer Park, this cabin was built in 1862. The house was the only one in town with a painted door. Mr. Hansen had brought a small can of green paint from Denmark. In those days, in these parts, anyone using paint was considered rich, and so Mr. Hansen became “Rich” Hansen. Purchased by the city of Ephraim, the house is open to visitors during Scandinavian Days and other times of the year by appointment. The upstairs has been converted to a museum.

  Blackhawk Monument

This monument marks a tree where settlers and Ute Indian representatives met to sign a peace treaty ending the Blackhawk War. Today the tree still stands but due to fire and time is no longer a living tree.

  Pioneer Cabins & Jensen Granary

Cabins & Granary built by earliest Ephraim settlers are preserved in Pioneer Park. They are open for tours during the Scandinavian Heritage Festival .