- Limited Edition, contemporary minded print of the Wellsville mountain range
- printed on fine art archival paper
-12x24 inch frame, 6x18 print
- Framed and ready to hang
In the fifth grade I was assigned to do a show and tell. I chose to talk about the Wellsville mountains. I showed pictures and told of how this range is the steepest in the lower 48 states, with the narrowest base. There is some misunderstanding about what that actually means but I can tell you the last time I climbed from end to end my feet got wet and the steep incline made my two big toenails go black and eventually fall off.
For anyone living in Cache Valley it is an ever present icon. So it surprised me to discover that I have a deeper, generational connection to the range than I originally thought. In the era of FDR my great grandfather was mayor of Mendon. During that time the environmental issues weren’t so politicized. When there was a problem they had the ability to use common sense and fix it. The issue was over grazing which led to erosion and flooding.
A committee was put together consisting of my Great grandfather, John O. Hughes (Vice President) and John Stewart (President), who coincidentally was alive and living in my neighborhood until he passed shortly after we moved in. Together they met with ranchers and farmers who all came together and worked to stop the erosion. They raised money together and petitioned FDR to have it placed in National Forest. It succeeded. Now, if you climb the 3000 feet to the saddle from Cold Water, you will notice it's named Stewart Pass. I highly recommend the climb (another 1500 feet) to the top of Box Elder peak from there. You will never look at Cache Valley the same again even if you do lose a toenail or two.
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