Pioneer activities give Tuesday visitors the Moyle treatment

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John Rowe Moyle's descendents host free pioneer games and experiences on Tuesdays in Alpine.

John Rowe Moyle’s descendents host free pioneer games and experiences on Tuesdays in Alpine.

By Erica Palmer

Every Tuesday morning through the summer months, three generations of pioneer descendants don their bonnets, petticoats and suspenders and meet up at Alpine’s Moyle Park to share the legacy of their ancestor John Rowe Moyle — the pioneer made famous for making the weekly 22-mile walk from Alpine to Salt Lake City (even after having his leg amputated) to finish the stone work on the Salt Lake City LDS Temple.

Though guests can tour the museum that was once Moyle’s house at any time during the season, his descendents are there once a week to show visitors hands-on what it was like to live the life of a pioneer. They give personal tours of the old cabin and host activities such as butter-churning, candle-making, laundry-washing, singing and dancing. Juanita Nield, one of Moyle’s direct descendents who heads up the activities, says over a dozen of her family members — including kids and grandkids — have been putting on the activities for nine years.

“More than anything, we want to share his devotion to his faith,” she says. “Everybody focuses on him losing his leg and continuing to work, but the reason he was so dedicated was his great faith.” The activities attract families, scout troops and activity days girls.

“Children become more resilient by learning of their own ancestors and by hearing personal histories of those who came before them,” she says. “I see that in my own kids and grandkids. When they know other people are doing hard things, they feel they are part of something bigger than their own little world.”

Visitors can attend the pioneer activities Tuesdays at 10 a.m. from June through August, free of charge. For more information, call (801) 756-1194.

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