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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  
  • Wasatch Academy
    Saturday, June 22
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    The incredible story of Wasatch Academy is rolled out during a Discovery Road visit to the Mt. Pleasant, Utah campus amid the 2014 Founders Day celebration. Discovery Road crew members tour the school grounds and meet old timers who attended the school half-a-century ago. In contrast the student profile of today shows 37 nations represented with foreign languages heard in every classroom. Discovery Road chats with these international students about their experience in America. In addition the compelling story of how a Presbyterian minister started the school in the heart of Mormon country and how he carried a pistol to the pulpit just in case there was trouble.
  • Wasatch Academy
    Wednesday, June 26
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    The incredible story of Wasatch Academy is rolled out during a Discovery Road visit to the Mt. Pleasant, Utah campus amid the 2014 Founders Day celebration. Discovery Road crew members tour the school grounds and meet old timers who attended the school half-a-century ago. In contrast the student profile of today shows 37 nations represented with foreign languages heard in every classroom. Discovery Road chats with these international students about their experience in America. In addition the compelling story of how a Presbyterian minister started the school in the heart of Mormon country and how he carried a pistol to the pulpit just in case there was trouble.
  • Native Americans & Sacred Water
    Saturday, June 29
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    A fascinating "Discovery Road" episode about Native American views of water from a variety of perspectives in and around the state of Utah. The program opens in southern Utah with a visit to the Kaibab-Piute Indian Reservation and Pipe Spring National Monument. The story of the natural springs gives insight to ancient history and modern views of the valuable water here. The Hot Springs just outside of Monroe, Utah have long been a source of intrigue, belief and dreams about humanity. Historians say it was used by prehistoric Indians as a sacred watering place. There is evidence all around the Hot Springs that ancient tribes did live there. Pictographs and the hot springs are discussed by local residents and others. From a distance you can see the distinct yellow and gold colored soil and rocks where the water still trickles from the earth. Through interviews, Goshute and Navajo voices plus archival and research materials "Discovery Road" will bring the Native American point of view front and center. Also in the episode Native American artists show their work and talk about how water fits into their art creations.
  • Native Americans & Sacred Water
    Wednesday, July 3
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    A fascinating "Discovery Road" episode about Native American views of water from a variety of perspectives in and around the state of Utah. The program opens in southern Utah with a visit to the Kaibab-Piute Indian Reservation and Pipe Spring National Monument. The story of the natural springs gives insight to ancient history and modern views of the valuable water here. The Hot Springs just outside of Monroe, Utah have long been a source of intrigue, belief and dreams about humanity. Historians say it was used by prehistoric Indians as a sacred watering place. There is evidence all around the Hot Springs that ancient tribes did live there. Pictographs and the hot springs are discussed by local residents and others. From a distance you can see the distinct yellow and gold colored soil and rocks where the water still trickles from the earth. Through interviews, Goshute and Navajo voices plus archival and research materials "Discovery Road" will bring the Native American point of view front and center. Also in the episode Native American artists show their work and talk about how water fits into their art creations.
  • Crossing Time
    Saturday, July 6
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road takes viewers across the historic Rockville Bridge in southern Utah to see efforts by residents to save the aging structure with open air art competition that took place around the nearby ghost town of Grafton, Utah. In 1866 Grafton was the county seat to Kane County but a year later boundaries changed that giving the honor to Rockville. Several intriguing stories are discovered in and around the unique bridge and Grafton including a German couples’ worldwide journey in an RV. There’s the bicyclist from Louisville, Kentucky who just had to see the 1924 bridge up close and the woman from France who saw it and wanted a photo of the bridge as a souvenir. The amazing story of the Zion Park Tunnel is then told using historic black and white photographs and film of the construction and 1930 dedication ceremony. Discovery Road then takes a ride through the portal that changed how people visit area national parks. The program concludes with a fascinating story about the first official tourists to visit Zion National Park. The tourists’ saga starts with a scrapbook discovered on ebay by a Manti, Utah woman and concludes with a book she and her husband wrote about six University of Utah girls who were selected to showcase the opening days of Zion National Park nearly a century ago.
  • Crossing Time
    Wednesday, July 10
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    In this episode Discovery Road takes viewers across the historic Rockville Bridge in southern Utah to see efforts by residents to save the aging structure with open air art competition that took place around the nearby ghost town of Grafton, Utah. In 1866 Grafton was the county seat to Kane County but a year later boundaries changed that giving the honor to Rockville. Several intriguing stories are discovered in and around the unique bridge and Grafton including a German couples’ worldwide journey in an RV. There’s the bicyclist from Louisville, Kentucky who just had to see the 1924 bridge up close and the woman from France who saw it and wanted a photo of the bridge as a souvenir. The amazing story of the Zion Park Tunnel is then told using historic black and white photographs and film of the construction and 1930 dedication ceremony. Discovery Road then takes a ride through the portal that changed how people visit area national parks. The program concludes with a fascinating story about the first official tourists to visit Zion National Park. The tourists’ saga starts with a scrapbook discovered on ebay by a Manti, Utah woman and concludes with a book she and her husband wrote about six University of Utah girls who were selected to showcase the opening days of Zion National Park nearly a century ago.
  • The Dreams I Left Behind
    Saturday, July 13
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road takes the viewer across the Atlantic Ocean where A Utah family finds the roots of their own in England. Going back several generations the family finds where relatives split in England and what divided them. In an energetic family reunion in downtown Salt Lake City hundreds gather to connect with their past. Producers use music and historic perspective to bring this family story forward. History, culture and heritage give the viewer a peek into one family story that is touching and proud. Interviews in England, artifacts from a century ago and historic photos tell the story of the Graham family.
  • The Dreams I Left Behind
    Wednesday, July 17
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road takes the viewer across the Atlantic Ocean where A Utah family finds the roots of their own in England. Going back several generations the family finds where relatives split in England and what divided them. In an energetic family reunion in downtown Salt Lake City hundreds gather to connect with their past. Producers use music and historic perspective to bring this family story forward. History, culture and heritage give the viewer a peek into one family story that is touching and proud. Interviews in England, artifacts from a century ago and historic photos tell the story of the Graham family.
  • Don't Let Them Be Forgotten
    Saturday, July 20
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road introduces viewers to the Blackham family as they unravel their own past in England. Leaving the cotton mill factories meant the Utah family had to find a new place to call home. In central Utah’s Sanpete Valley Discovery Road trains the camera lens on Blackham family reunions and gatherings. Going back several generations the family finds out how brutal work was in the cotton mill factories. The harsh history lesson gives this family story a powerful perspective. Interviews in England, artifacts from a century ago and historic photos tell the story of the Blackham family.
  • Don't Let Them Be Forgotten
    Wednesday, July 24
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road introduces viewers to the Blackham family as they unravel their own past in England. Leaving the cotton mill factories meant the Utah family had to find a new place to call home. In central Utah’s Sanpete Valley Discovery Road trains the camera lens on Blackham family reunions and gatherings. Going back several generations the family finds out how brutal work was in the cotton mill factories. The harsh history lesson gives this family story a powerful perspective. Interviews in England, artifacts from a century ago and historic photos tell the story of the Blackham family.
  • Music Is The Reason
    Saturday, July 27
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road introduces viewers to the incredible musical heritage of Wales and how that connects to Utah. Going back several generations the viewer discovers how the tiny Sampete County, Utah town of Wales got its name and the family stories behind it! The musical segments in this show include a profile of the BYU Choral director and her Welsh roots and a surprising chapter with the singing Osmond family! Interviews in Wales with choir members, artifacts from a century ago, Welsh Days footage and historic photos tell the story of music and Wales.
  • Music Is The Reason
    Wednesday, July 31
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road introduces viewers to the incredible musical heritage of Wales and how that connects to Utah. Going back several generations the viewer discovers how the tiny Sampete County, Utah town of Wales got its name and the family stories behind it! The musical segments in this show include a profile of the BYU Choral director and her Welsh roots and a surprising chapter with the singing Osmond family! Interviews in Wales with choir members, artifacts from a century ago, Welsh Days footage and historic photos tell the story of music and Wales.

 

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  • Scandinavian Show
    Wednesday, June 19
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road gives the viewer a seat on a tour bus as it traverses through the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area. The show follows a group of tour guide operators as they experience Scandinavian Days and all that goes into that annual celebration. The story of one of the most unique building blocks you will ever see or hear about is told in the program. Oolite stone was quarried out the mountains in Sanpete County, Utah and used in buildings like the Kearns Mansion, The Keith Mansion, several Mormon temples, the Park Building at the University of Utah, the Washington Monument and the Hearst Mansion overlooking San Simeon Bay south of San Francisco. Discovery Road then pays a visit to a small town furniture store to see how pioneers made their chairs, sofas and tables. Pull up a comfortable chair you won't want to miss this episode of Discovery Road!
  • Scandinavian Show
    Saturday, June 15
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road gives the viewer a seat on a tour bus as it traverses through the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area. The show follows a group of tour guide operators as they experience Scandinavian Days and all that goes into that annual celebration. The story of one of the most unique building blocks you will ever see or hear about is told in the program. Oolite stone was quarried out the mountains in Sanpete County, Utah and used in buildings like the Kearns Mansion, The Keith Mansion, several Mormon temples, the Park Building at the University of Utah, the Washington Monument and the Hearst Mansion overlooking San Simeon Bay south of San Francisco. Discovery Road then pays a visit to a small town furniture store to see how pioneers made their chairs, sofas and tables. Pull up a comfortable chair you won't want to miss this episode of Discovery Road!
  • Garfield County
    Wednesday, June 12
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road gives the viewer an exciting ride through the diverse landscape and stunning beauty that is found in Garfield County. History comes alive through stories about a blind telephone switchboard operator and a visit to a western collectible store where a woman entertains customers by quilting! A real discovery comes in Escalante, Utah where a man who repairs flat tires for foreign travelers tells us his story. There's also a fun visit to an old movie theater perched atop an ice cream store. The program concludes with a look back at historic Ruby's Inn and Bryce Canyon National Park. Historic photos and film accompany exciting interviews throughout this entertaining and educational show.
  • Garfield County
    Saturday, June 8
    6:00 pm on UEN-TV 9.1
    This episode of Discovery Road gives the viewer an exciting ride through the diverse landscape and stunning beauty that is found in Garfield County. History comes alive through stories about a blind telephone switchboard operator and a visit to a western collectible store where a woman entertains customers by quilting! A real discovery comes in Escalante, Utah where a man who repairs flat tires for foreign travelers tells us his story. There's also a fun visit to an old movie theater perched atop an ice cream store. The program concludes with a look back at historic Ruby's Inn and Bryce Canyon National Park. Historic photos and film accompany exciting interviews throughout this entertaining and educational show.
  • Filmmakers Shootout In Kane County
    Wednesday, June 5
    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.
  • Filmmakers Shootout In Kane County
    Saturday, June 1
    6:00 pm 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.
  • Mormon Trail: The Disabled Ones
    Wednesday, May 29
    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.
  • Mormon Trail - The Forgotten Ones
    Wednesday, May 22
    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: Black Experience
    Wednesday, May 15
    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.
  • The Lost Tomahawk
    Wednesday, May 8
    12:00 am on UEN-TV 9.1
    A tomahawk that might have belonged to one of the supreme leaders of the Ute Indians in the 1860s will be revealed in this episode of Discovery Road. "It might be one of the only artifacts that was actually possessed by Sanpitch. It can tell us how he lived, just the fact that this was an item that he had on him when he was killed, tells us about the ongoing warfare that his people were experiencing in the 1860s. Just how violent those times were," said Southern Utah University history professor Mark Miller in the Discovery Road show. The territory of Utah erupted with violence as Ute Indians and Mormon settlers clashed over the same land. It wasn’t long before the small territorial battles fueled into Utah’s Blackhawk War. In this episode viewers find out about one of the great leaders of the Ute Indians during this time of cultural conflict. Chief Sanpitch was always there to help his people and served as a principal figure as attempts were made to negotiate a peace treaty. "Who was San Pitch? He was a respected leader of the Indians who lived in the Sanpete Valley. He obviously had a lot of experience, a number of different talents. He was the guy that when the Sanpete Indians had a tough project to take on, he was the guy they wanted to lead them,” said noted Utah historian Will Bagley. In the documentary Ute Indian tribe elder Forrest S. Cuch reads words spoken by Sanpitch during treaty negotiations and offers his own voice about what was at stake during the heat of war. "Our people adapted to this land over centuries and it is a part of us. We're not willing to break away so quick, these lands are sacred to us."
  • 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.
  • 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.