There will be two tours, each of which last approximately 50 minutes. The first tour will leave at 11:30 a.m., and the second at 1:30 p.m. 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). The bus will be boarded at the northwest corner of College Ave (100 N) and 100 East.
Tour participants 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.
To whet your appetite, here’s a preview:
|Bus Tour Highlights|
|Martha Olsen &
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.
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. There are more than 2,000 known graves at the old cemetery. The cemetery records were destroyed in a fire in 1877, however in recent years, concerned citizens have 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.
Built in 1900, this Victorian home features a tin roof, a spiral staircase, and parquet flooring. The home remained in the Madsen family until 1990. Painstaking care was taken to restore it to its original condition.
|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.
Monument marks tree where settlers and Ute Indian representatives met to sign peace treaty ending of the Blackhawk War.
Cabins built by earliest Ephraim settlers are preserved in Pioneer Park. They are open for tours during the Scandinavian Heritage Festival .