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Discovery Road

The road trip adventures continue with this ongoing series of programs about the people and places of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (MPNHA). "Discovery Road" features a 1977 Mercury Cougar with a fancy red and white exterior and a plush red velvet interior! Hosted by series creator James Nelson this show travels along U.S. Highway 89, All-American Road State Route 12, and Scenic Byway State Route 24. As the car drives along these roads, viewers will "discover" the things that make the MPNHA worth driving to themselves. "The MPNHA wants to tell a story and Discovery Road is one of the best ways we can do that. It takes people on a heritage journey just like they used to do with Sunday afternoon car rides," said MPNHA Executive Director Monte Bona. Using music, storytellers and the characters in the communities along the way, Discovery Road will present Utah's history, scenery and culture in an entertaining and educational manner. The Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area (MPNHA) is a federally designated area of central and southern Utah running along the beautiful and historic U. S. Highway 89 — including the All-American Road Utah State Route 12, and Capitol Reef Scenic Byway Utah State Route 24, which both intersect with U.S. 89 and together form the MPNHA’s Boulder Loop. The area includes the counties of Sanpete, Sevier, Piute, Wayne, Garfield and Kane. The Utah Heritage Highway 89 Alliance is the local coordinating entity of the MPNHA and receives annual funding from the National Park Service. Its purpose is to preserve, tell and interpret the stories, history and heritage of the area, and to promote its culture and value.

Discovery Road  
  • Kane County II : International Visitors
    Wednesday, April 24
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode of Discovery Road; have an inside look at why the Europeans take a liking to the American West. Tourists from France and Italy arrive in Kanab, Utah just in time for the annual Western Legends Round-up. Language is no barrier as the red carpet greets the French and Italians. Viewers are sure to enjoy the view of southern Utah from the international point of view. The locals tell how important these tourists are and how much they appreciate their knowledge of western movies and the landscape. Also a visit to Orderville, Utah and a history lesson about the United Order.
  • Kane County II : International Visitors
    Saturday, April 27
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode of Discovery Road; have an inside look at why the Europeans take a liking to the American West. Tourists from France and Italy arrive in Kanab, Utah just in time for the annual Western Legends Round-up. Language is no barrier as the red carpet greets the French and Italians. Viewers are sure to enjoy the view of southern Utah from the international point of view. The locals tell how important these tourists are and how much they appreciate their knowledge of western movies and the landscape. Also a visit to Orderville, Utah and a history lesson about the United Order.
  • The Heritage Experience (Anha Tour)
    Wednesday, May 1
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    -IN THIS EPISODE OF DISCOVERY ROAD……a journey through the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area with a busload of special guests. These visitors to Utah are from other heritage areas around America. These history experts are part of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA). The Alliance is the nationwide network of 49 national heritages and other partner organizations working to partner with the NPS in communities across the country to tell the story of America. Their visit to Utah is all about sharing the heritage experience.
  • The Heritage Experience (Anha Tour)
    Saturday, May 4
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    -IN THIS EPISODE OF DISCOVERY ROAD……a journey through the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area with a busload of special guests. These visitors to Utah are from other heritage areas around America. These history experts are part of the Alliance of National Heritage Areas (ANHA). The Alliance is the nationwide network of 49 national heritages and other partner organizations working to partner with the NPS in communities across the country to tell the story of America. Their visit to Utah is all about sharing the heritage experience.
  • Mormon Trail: Black Experience
    Wednesday, May 8
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road travels along the historic Mormon Trail with a returned Mormon missionary in search of his roots. Marcus Ewell discovers his family history includes an ancestor who served in the Mormon Battalion and another who traveled the trail. The Discovery Road crew visits Martins Cove, Winter Quarters and many other places on their journey to the past. As the visit to yesterday plays out along the trail a mystery unfolds about who might have been with the Ewell family every step of the way. Family accounts of a nanny who survived slavery and embraced the Mormon faith born out during the program.
  • Mormon Trail: Black Experience
    Saturday, May 11
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road travels along the historic Mormon Trail with a returned Mormon missionary in search of his roots. Marcus Ewell discovers his family history includes an ancestor who served in the Mormon Battalion and another who traveled the trail. The Discovery Road crew visits Martins Cove, Winter Quarters and many other places on their journey to the past. As the visit to yesterday plays out along the trail a mystery unfolds about who might have been with the Ewell family every step of the way. Family accounts of a nanny who survived slavery and embraced the Mormon faith born out during the program.
  • Mormon Trail - The Forgotten Ones
    Wednesday, May 15
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road returns to the historic Mormon Trail to search for traces of family members who did not make it all the way to Zion. The story unfolds with treks to major stops on the trail for initial information. Then the stories begin to unfold about how loved ones were lost to illness or were unable to continue the journey. Despite the difficult and harrowing experiences on the trail pioneers continued westward. This show brings forward the lasting family memories coupled with examples of family success stories.
  • Mormon Trail - The Forgotten Ones
    Saturday, May 18
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road returns to the historic Mormon Trail to search for traces of family members who did not make it all the way to Zion. The story unfolds with treks to major stops on the trail for initial information. Then the stories begin to unfold about how loved ones were lost to illness or were unable to continue the journey. Despite the difficult and harrowing experiences on the trail pioneers continued westward. This show brings forward the lasting family memories coupled with examples of family success stories.
  • Mormon Trail: The Disabled Ones
    Wednesday, May 22
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road travels down the historic Mormon Trail to uncover one of the more inspiring chapters of Mormon Trail history ever. Historians share with our documentary team the little known stories about people on the trail who had challenges beyond the mountains, rivers, weather and long distances. Blindness, mental problems, club foot, amputees and many others are featured in the program. Descendants of these courageous pioneers discuss the amazing courage and struggles involved within the journey. Inspiration comes to the surface as the families reveal how subsequent generations honor and benefit from those disabled forefathers.
  • Mormon Trail: The Disabled Ones
    Saturday, May 25
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Discovery Road travels down the historic Mormon Trail to uncover one of the more inspiring chapters of Mormon Trail history ever. Historians share with our documentary team the little known stories about people on the trail who had challenges beyond the mountains, rivers, weather and long distances. Blindness, mental problems, club foot, amputees and many others are featured in the program. Descendants of these courageous pioneers discuss the amazing courage and struggles involved within the journey. Inspiration comes to the surface as the families reveal how subsequent generations honor and benefit from those disabled forefathers.
  • Filmmakers Shootout In Kane County
    Wednesday, May 29
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The 2014 Kane County Filmmakers Shootout attracted filmmakers, film lovers and plenty of movie goers. Discovery Road was on hand as organizers handed out the film assignments and then unleashed the film makers to make their movies. In just over 48 hours their work was done and the judging was underway. An exciting fleet of movies was screened at the historic Crescent Moon Theater in Kanab to a standing room only crowd. The western movie history, world famous landscape and local talent were all included in the films. Discovery Road interviewed the filmmakers, movie officials and movie buffs. They followed the film crews as they worked and then watched as the movies were screened. This behind the scenes episode offers insight to a fun competition and shows how much is learned during the weeklong event.

 

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  • Kane County / Kanab
    Saturday, April 20
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode of Discovery Road the crew takes a seat in a 1963 Ford Fairlane for an adventure in Kane County, Utah. They find a compelling story on canvas and pedestal. They learn about the explorer Jacob Hamblin and discover a public auction of wild horses and burros. Another story featured in this episode is a profile of one of the few small town newspapers still in full operation in America. They top it all off with a blue ribbon slice of apple pie!
  • Kane County / Kanab
    Wednesday, April 17
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode of Discovery Road the crew takes a seat in a 1963 Ford Fairlane for an adventure in Kane County, Utah. They find a compelling story on canvas and pedestal. They learn about the explorer Jacob Hamblin and discover a public auction of wild horses and burros. Another story featured in this episode is a profile of one of the few small town newspapers still in full operation in America. They top it all off with a blue ribbon slice of apple pie!
  • Passing Along Utah's History
    Saturday, April 13
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A week-long trip starts in southern Utah and concludes in Salt Lake City with special focus on travel writers assigned to cover the event. The story of Wasatch Academy and its Presbyterian founder Duncan McMillan, who clashed with Brigham Young over education ideals, is profiled in the broadcast. The tour group also visits an ill-fated settlement called Clarion, Utah. Using music, story tellers and real people in the communities along the way, Utah's history is presented in an entertaining and educational manner.
  • Passing Along Utah's History
    Wednesday, April 10
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    A week-long trip starts in southern Utah and concludes in Salt Lake City with special focus on travel writers assigned to cover the event. The story of Wasatch Academy and its Presbyterian founder Duncan McMillan, who clashed with Brigham Young over education ideals, is profiled in the broadcast. The tour group also visits an ill-fated settlement called Clarion, Utah. Using music, story tellers and real people in the communities along the way, Utah's history is presented in an entertaining and educational manner.
  • Honor, Valor & Heritage
    Saturday, April 6
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road travels along the road in search of military history with connections to heritage along the highway 89 corridor in central Utah. Our first stop is in historic Spring City, Utah where we discover efforts are underway to add some important history to the community which is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of veterans who have served in every war even before Utah became a state are going to be recognized on the new monument in Spring City. The B-17 heavy bomber airplane then makes an appearance as several World War II vets tell their stories about service aboard the plane. Then Discovery Road Show host James Nelson drives his 1977 Mercury Cougar to the scene of a touching military ceremony as the final chapter to the program unfolds. A compelling story about saying goodbye to World War II soldiers introduces the viewer to "Doc" Hedelius. "Doc" is the person called each time another veteran dies or whenever a special military service is warranted in central Utah.
  • Maude Adams
    Wednesday, April 3
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    Once upon a time in Salt Lake City a little baby was plucked from her cradle and promptly delivered to center stage! This was the beginning of the marvelous career of Maude Adams! Early in the twentieth century she was among the best stage performers in the world. She made a million dollars a year and played on the biggest stages in New York and around the country. Her legacy, however, remains mostly unknown. Discovery Road attempts to unravel the mystery of Maude Adams. They also enjoy breakfast in a Spring City café and hear a great music story at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
  • Maude Adams
    Saturday, March 30
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    Once upon a time in Salt Lake City a little baby was plucked from her cradle and promptly delivered to center stage! This was the beginning of the marvelous career of Maude Adams! Early in the twentieth century she was among the best stage performers in the world. She made a million dollars a year and played on the biggest stages in New York and around the country. Her legacy, however, remains mostly unknown. Discovery Road attempts to unravel the mystery of Maude Adams. They also enjoy breakfast in a Spring City café and hear a great music story at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.
  • Manti
    Wednesday, March 27
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode "Discovery Road" explores how the Manti temple was built and what challenges had to be overcome before the doors were opened in 1888. Stories about hardship and accomplishment are blended with heartwarming personal histories born on the Manti Temple Hill. The episode will also surprise visitors with an introduction to the Rat Fink who is known worldwide by car lovers and fans of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Discovery Road hosts James Nelson and Gina Persinger — along with the star of the show, "Love Me Tender," a '55 Pontiac — also find a herd of Llamas just off of U.S. 'Heritage' Highway 89 during taping.
  • Manti
    Saturday, March 23
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode "Discovery Road" explores how the Manti temple was built and what challenges had to be overcome before the doors were opened in 1888. Stories about hardship and accomplishment are blended with heartwarming personal histories born on the Manti Temple Hill. The episode will also surprise visitors with an introduction to the Rat Fink who is known worldwide by car lovers and fans of Ed "Big Daddy" Roth. Discovery Road hosts James Nelson and Gina Persinger — along with the star of the show, "Love Me Tender," a '55 Pontiac — also find a herd of Llamas just off of U.S. 'Heritage' Highway 89 during taping.
  • Hyrum Bebe (The Apostle & The Outlaw)
    Wednesday, March 20
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode features a mysterious story about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a segment on Mormon church apostle Orson Hyde. Hyde was among the early Mormon polygamists who sometimes had to hide from federal agents who came to town on the local railroad to look for them. Local folklore calls the train the "Polygamist Express" because train engineers would sometimes blow a steam-whistle signal to alert the "brethren" that feds were on board and that it was time to skedaddle.
  • Hyrum Bebe (The Apostle & The Outlaw)
    Saturday, March 16
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode features a mysterious story about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and a segment on Mormon church apostle Orson Hyde. Hyde was among the early Mormon polygamists who sometimes had to hide from federal agents who came to town on the local railroad to look for them. Local folklore calls the train the "Polygamist Express" because train engineers would sometimes blow a steam-whistle signal to alert the "brethren" that feds were on board and that it was time to skedaddle.
  • A Good Road Story
    Wednesday, March 13
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road takes viewers back to the early days of road building and automobiles which then introduced the public to the concept of a road trip. A man named Charles Bigelow is responsible for much of the early promotion of cars and roads in the western United States, but he gets little public credit for decades of making it all come together. Bigelow’s scrapbook of promotion articles inviting people to travel in an automobile to scenic America is shown in the program. Next up is the story about a man who creates incredible art related to classic cars, road trips and our national parks from his garage in Manti, Utah. The stunning work of John H. Clark is known worldwide and will fascinate viewers. Other features in this show include a tour of the strange Hole N’ Rock home near Canyonlands National Park and a visit to a once popular grocery store in Sterling, Utah where visitors could buy food and gasoline and fill up with friendly stories. The once abundant roadside motels make an appearance and tell an intriguing tale about life under the old neon signs. The episode concludes with a visit to some car shows and a ride in a classic automobile to find out what attracts people to the vintage cars they preserve and showcase all across America.
  • A Good Road Story
    Saturday, March 9
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road takes viewers back to the early days of road building and automobiles which then introduced the public to the concept of a road trip. A man named Charles Bigelow is responsible for much of the early promotion of cars and roads in the western United States, but he gets little public credit for decades of making it all come together. Bigelow’s scrapbook of promotion articles inviting people to travel in an automobile to scenic America is shown in the program. Next up is the story about a man who creates incredible art related to classic cars, road trips and our national parks from his garage in Manti, Utah. The stunning work of John H. Clark is known worldwide and will fascinate viewers. Other features in this show include a tour of the strange Hole N’ Rock home near Canyonlands National Park and a visit to a once popular grocery store in Sterling, Utah where visitors could buy food and gasoline and fill up with friendly stories. The once abundant roadside motels make an appearance and tell an intriguing tale about life under the old neon signs. The episode concludes with a visit to some car shows and a ride in a classic automobile to find out what attracts people to the vintage cars they preserve and showcase all across America.
  • Honor, Valor & Heritage
    Wednesday, March 6
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road travels along the road in search of military history with connections to heritage along the highway 89 corridor in central Utah. Our first stop is in historic Spring City, Utah where we discover efforts are underway to add some important history to the community which is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of veterans who have served in every war even before Utah became a state are going to be recognized on the new monument in Spring City. The B-17 heavy bomber airplane then makes an appearance as several World War II vets tell their stories about service aboard the plane. Then Discovery Road Show host James Nelson drives his 1977 Mercury Cougar to the scene of a touching military ceremony as the final chapter to the program unfolds. A compelling story about saying goodbye to World War II soldiers introduces the viewer to "Doc" Hedelius. "Doc" is the person called each time another veteran dies or whenever a special military service is warranted in central Utah.
  • Honor, Valor & Heritage
    Saturday, March 2
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road travels along the road in search of military history with connections to heritage along the highway 89 corridor in central Utah. Our first stop is in historic Spring City, Utah where we discover efforts are underway to add some important history to the community which is already listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Hundreds of veterans who have served in every war even before Utah became a state are going to be recognized on the new monument in Spring City. The B-17 heavy bomber airplane then makes an appearance as several World War II vets tell their stories about service aboard the plane. Then Discovery Road Show host James Nelson drives his 1977 Mercury Cougar to the scene of a touching military ceremony as the final chapter to the program unfolds. A compelling story about saying goodbye to World War II soldiers introduces the viewer to "Doc" Hedelius. "Doc" is the person called each time another veteran dies or whenever a special military service is warranted in central Utah.