During the first winter, supplies ran out. Seven men were sent to Parowan for grain. They drove teams as far as the base of the mountain, then proceeded on foot. The snow was deep, and the men sank and could not walk. One man accidentally dropped his quilt on the ground and found that it supported him. All seven men formed a line, laying their quilts on the snow and then walking across the quilts. This procedure was repeated all the way across the mountain, and the trek became known as the quilt walk. Parowan pioneers came to meet the men, who were fed, sheltered, and given grain. The men and food were taken as close to Panguitch as possible, but the grain still had to be carried across the mountain to the waiting teams. A happy welcome greeted the successful adventurers.
On 10 April 1865 three men were killed by Indians in Sanpete Countyhostilities which started the Black Hawk War. The Panguitch community was advised to leave, and the town was abandoned in May 1866. Residents left their homes and crops and sought safety in Parowan and other communities.
1870 Brigham Young made a trip through
Diary Sept 3, 1870,
Red Creek to Panquich on the Severe, dis.38 ms., was almost a Meadow
of Rich luxurant feed for Summer Range. The altitude being too Great
for winter. At the distance of 27 ms. I nooned. MaJ. Powel Joined Me
(so also did J. Hamblin & others) in Eating a Pare of Baked chickings.
Prest. & Party drove to Panquich for the Night, where a large setlement
had been abandoned & broken up on account of the Indians.
Lees Diary July 12, 1871, By day light Some 20 Native were on the ground with Strings of Trout to trade. Having some Notions to exchange, by 10 A.M. we had as Many Trout as we could pack on our 3 horses, cleaned & dressed in order, & a gallon of Fish Eggs to supply My intended Fish Pond at My Ranch in Skutumpah & some 1/2 gallon More & Nothing to put them in save the Bottele of Red Jacket bitters & what to do with them was the question. We all three took a drink arround, the balance I divided amoung the Natives for cleaning our Fish.
Brigham Young called George W. Sevy, a resident of Harmony, to gather a company and resettle Panguitch.
following notice appeared in the Deseret News in early 1871: All
those who wish to go with me to resettle Panquitch Valley, will meet
me at Red Creek on the 4th day of March, 1871 and we will go over the
mountain in company to settle that country.
Lees Diary Aug 30, 1872, ...Reached Panquich setlement about 4 P.M. Was greeted by Many of My children, relations & friends. Put up with My Son Jno. Alma, who Met Me with open arms of embrace & wept like a child. The Evening we passed off agreeably.
Lees Diary Sept 21, 1872, Drove to Panquich & concluded to lay over till Jno. R. would come up with Mules. Drove 19 Miles up to the Fish Lake parly to visit with two of My Daughters & Family, M. H. Darrow & Wm. Prince, & partly to catch some fish in the lake. ...Had quite a visit; caught some 300 trout.
was captured in Panguitch November 7, 1874.