Old Ephraim Apr 10, 2011 8:35:18 GMT -9
Post by grrraaahhh on Apr 10, 2011 8:35:18 GMT -9
This painting by Dale M. Burr hangs on the wall at my father's house. This scene takes place just as Frank is about to trip on the log and fall to the ground. Notice Frank's dog Jennie sneaking up behind Old Ephraim.
I wiII now give you a few facts: "Eph" bit a 6-inch , aspen log off in one bite, that was 9 feet, 11 inches above the ground. He also bit a 13-foot log, 12 inches in diameter, ito eleven length, as if they had been chopped.
A bear like Old Ephraim could do serious damge to a heard of sheep, but this story is tragic because it ended the ara of the grizzly bears in this region.
During the actual confrontation, Clark probably didn't have time to consider how he felt about killing Old Ephraim, because the bear would have killed him. But according to Clark's niece, Thelma Daniels, her uncle later spoke of regrets, because the grizzly was such a magnificent animal.
"If I had it to do over again," he once said, "I wouldn't do it." Clark remained a bachelor all of his life and died in 1960.
(researched by Newell J. Crookston, excerpts taken from the 3C"count of Frank Clark)
The trail to Old Ephraim's Grave.
Access the trail to Old Ephraim's grave in the Lomia Camp or Lodge Campground, Right Hand Fork, Logan Canyon. The trail is 5.4 miles one way. Take US 89 9.2 miles up Logan Canyon to the Right Hand Fork Road. Turn right off 89 and travel one mile up Right Hand Fork to the first junction. Take the left road for 0.6 miles to the end of the road. From the trailhead the route is well marked and will continue up Right Hand Fork for 0.7 miles. At this point, Ricks Canyon will come in from the south and the trails will split. Take the trail up Ricks canyon for another 0.7 mile.
Steel Hollow, on the left side, is well signed, well traveled, and easy to locate. The Steel Hollow Trail is 4.6 miles long and will intersect forest road 056 about 0.2 miles south of Dog Springs. Turn north of FR 056 and follow the road North for about 1.5 miles. Ephraim's Grave is on the east side of the road and is marked with an 11-foot stone to represent the height of Old Eph. The stone monument was designed, erected and lettered by Arthur, Max and Howard Jorgensen, and officially dedicated on September 23, 1966.
The skull on display at USU Merrill Library, Special Collections, Reading Room.
A few months after the kill, Logan scoutmaster George R. Hill Jr., took his Boy Scout Troop into the canyon to dig up the skull of the bear. Hill wanted to submit it to the Smithsonian to document the bear was indeed a grizzly, says his son George R. Hill III of Salt Lake City.
The boys found the grave -- following directions provided by Clark -- and unearthed the skull, carrying it out on the end of a long pole because "it stunk like mad," Hill says.
The Smithsonian confirmed the skull was that of a grizzly, and Hill says his father's troop received $25 for its efforts. The skull remained in Washington, D.C. until 1978, when it came back to Utah for display at Utah State University Merrill Library's Special Collections. The skull is on loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
Poem To Old Ephraim by Nephi Bott
"Old Ephraim, Old Ephraim
Your deeds were so wrong
Yet we built you this marker
And sing you this song.
To the King of the forest
So mighty and tall
We salute you Old Ephraim
The King of them all."
Tale of Old Ephraim The Great Grizzly of the Wasatch - PDF LINK:ewb.usu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/INFO-Old-Ephraim.pdf