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Historic Kane County corral gets facelift
One of the early landmarks in Kane County history is the historical corral, located off Highway 89, down the dirt road leading into the Barracks. The old corral has served both shepherds and cattlemen in years past. The corral has played an important part in Long Valley agriculture.
The corral, standing on BLM land, has been a holding spot for cattle drives moving south across Utah and into Arizona. In the 1950s, a dipping vat was built to accommodate the hundreds of livestock moving from one location to another.
The cattlemen or shepherds would corral their stock for the night, and use the dipping vat as a convenience while their cattle or sheep were contained.
The Long Valley FFA created a project to restore the corral into a functional part of the community. The fences were worn and broken from weather and neglect. Through the FFA organization, phases of the project are being implemented.
Phase one consists of fixing the vat for public safety, clearing the brush, updating gates for animal safety and improving the landscape. Two work projects, with 30 plus students and additional support from adults, brought the project close to its phase one goals.
Phase two would expand the functionality for community and tourism. The FFA would like to update the corrals so visitors can continue to use it as a holding corral for their horses, or other livestock. They are also interested in using the space for other agricultural education.
Possibly the biggest project is the publishing of a book, to include the history with photos and personal interviews with community members who remember pieces of the history. The book will be a compilation of information for the preservation of future generations.
The completion of the project will consist of preserving the old dipping vat and protecting its original state. A monument will be erected in the area of the dipping vat, as a reminder of the history. Hopefully it will continue to create an interest from those who visit and want to spend a night at the corrals.
The project has sparked interest from other groups who have rallied to support the FFA organization. The BLM has been very supportive and onsite to encourage and give enthusiastic support for the project.
The local C-4 Ranch has agreed to partner with the FFA to provide materials and volunteers to assist in the labor. The Old West Outfitters, who offer dude rides through the property, have been supportive, donating time and materials.
A special thank you from the FFA officers for the many volunteers contributing time, money and equipment needed to make the project come together in a positive work experience.
The FFA organization would like to encourage anyone with photos or information to contact 648-2813 or cell- 616-2813.