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), 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 $5.00 per person at the information booth. 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 wet your appetite, here’s a preview:
A Few Bus Tour Highlights
Ephraim Co-op Building
(96 N. Main) Built in 1871-72, the Ephraim Co-Op building was a cooperative store for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While the ground floor was used for merchandise, the upper floor was a meeting hall and even housed the Sanpete Stake Academy (later called Snow College). Much of the building is built with Sanpete oolitic limestone. Today the Co-op building is on the National Register of Historic Places and once again houses many Scandinavian themed items and handmade goods and merchandise sold by the Sanpete Trade Association DBA Ephraim Co-op (established 1989).
(65 N. 100 W). This Victorian style home was built in 1900. With its projecting front wing porch, and second story bay window it is a striking example of late 19th century architecture. It features a beautiful wrap-around staircase inside along with parquet flooring. Madsen had 8 children and was a farmer and carpenter. It’s thought that the staircase inside was inspired by Madsen’s carpentry work in repairing the spiral staircase in the Manti Temple.
|John Dorius Jr. Home
(46 W 100 N). Considered one of the most beautiful 19th century homes in the valley, this Victorian style home was believed to be the first residence in Ephraim to have indoor plumbing and a furnace. Dorius Jr. was a prominent businessman who had it designed in 1897 with a roof turret, a wrap-around porch, and detailed with beautiful ornamental trim. It has seen many owners over the years and served many purposes, from Ephraim’s first hospital and doctor’s office, to its first public library and home to several Snow College presidents.
|Pioneer Park with the Black Hawk Peace Treaty Monument & Pioneer cabins
This monument marks a tree where settlers and Ute Indian representatives met to sign a peace treaty ending the Black Hawk War. Today the tree still stands but due to fire and time is no longer a living tree.Cabins & Granary built by earliest Ephraim settlers are preserved in Pioneer Park. They are open for tours during the Scandinavian Heritage Festival.