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 County--hostilities 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.