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Old Deseret Live Stock Company: A Stockman's Memoir

by W. Dean Frischknecht

Utah State University Press, 2008


Cloth: 978-0-87421-711-7

Paper: 978-1-64642-158-9

eISBN: 978-0-87421-712-4

About the Book

In the high country of the northern Wasatch Mountains, lies what is left of one of the West’s largest ranches. Deseret Live Stock Company was reputed at various times to be the largest private landholder in Utah and the single biggest producer of wool in the world. The ranch began as a sheep operation, but as it found success, it also ran cattle. Incorporated in the 1890s by a number of northern Utah ranchers who pooled their resources, the company was at the height of successful operations in the mid-twentieth century when a young Dean Frischknecht, bearing a recent degree in animal science, landed the job of sheep foreman. In his memoir he recounts in detail how Deseret managed huge herds of livestock, vast lands, and rich wildlife and recalls through lively anecdotes how stockmen and their families lived and worked in the Wasatch Mountains and Skull Valley’s desert wintering grounds.

1813-1883, Scientific expeditions, Surveys, Wasatch Range (Utah and Idaho), Sheep ranchers, Geography, West (AK CA CO HI ID MT NV UT WY), Travel, 19th century, State & Local, Biography, Biography & Autobiography, United States, History
Open Access Information

Label: This book is freely available in digital formats through the Utah State University Library Digital Commons.

License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0