Monte Bona, Executive Director of the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area, states that the purpose of the Discovery Road series and other videos is two-fold:
“It’s a great venue to tell these great Mormon stories and it’s a way to encourage people to do what people did in my day: Go on a Sunday drive and explore the area. We hope this series will inspire people to drive our Heritage Highway and explore our heritage.”
Discovery Road features a ’55 Pontiac (owned by Manti residents Chad and Tammy Moore, and affectionately named “Love Me Tender”) which travels along U.S. Highway 89, All-American Road State Route 12, and Scenic Byway State Route 24. Using music, storytellers and the characters in the communities along the way, Discovery Road presents central and southern Utah’s rich history, scenery and culture in an entertaining and educational manner.
Discovery Road -- Hello Neighbor
Discovery Road -- Crossing Time
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.
Discovery Road - A Good Road Story
Discovery Road - Honor, Valor & Heritage
Discovery Road - The Lost Tomahawk
Discovery Road - Saints of Gold
Discovery Road A Gift for the Road
Discovery Road - "The Unknown"
In “The Unknown,” Discovery Road, the educational TV series produced by the Mormon Pioneer National Heritage Area (MPNHA), tells their story.
The soldiers stayed three years in what became known as Camp Floyd, “observing” the Mormons but during that time left a lasting mark on the town of Fairﬁeld, Utah County, and the surrounding area. While there was no conﬂict, soldiers died and were buried during those years. Since the Army did not have any cemeteries, they were buried by their comrades in arms in a makeshift cemetery on camp property.
While records were kept of the dead and the fact they were buried in the camp cemetery, no records were made of which graves held the remains of speciﬁc soldiers. Today, the landscape is spotted with scores of graves carrying nothing more than the word “Unknown” on their headstones.
“The Unknown” then shifts gears to focus on David and Ann Bona, 1853 Mormon emigrants from Swansea, Wales, who, a er nine years in Spanish Fork, Utah, le for California, never to return.
In this episode, their descendants Charlene Heaton and Renè Bona Clarke, who are cousins, follow the route of the family, along the way encountering the story of stagecoach driver Charlie Parkhurst, a woman who disguised herself as a man to pursue the life she wanted.
Discovery Road - Paradise on the Prairie
Discovery Road - Sheep Count - The Story of Sheep in Central Utah
Discovery Road Precious Jewels in any Language
Discovery Road The Snow College Story
Discovery Road Road Stops & Stop Signs
Discovery Road Butch Cassidy, Wales & Outlaw Ways
Discovery Road Wasatch Academy
Discovery Road - The Disabled
Discovery Road - Blackhawk War
Discovery Road - Kane County
Discovery Road Garfield County
Discovery Road - Scandinavian Days
Discovery Road - Maude Adams
Discovery Road - Manti Temple
Discovery Road - The Mormon Trail - Black Experience
Discovery Road - The Apostle and the Outlaw
Discovery Road - Music is the Reason
Discovery Road - The Forgotten Ones
Discovery Road - ANHA Tour
Discovery Road - Kanab Movie Makers
Discovery Road - Kanab International Show
Discovery Road - Native Americans and Sacred Water
Discovery Road - The Dreams I Left Behind
Discovery Road - Stories from Highway 89
Discovery Road - Don't Let Them Be Forgotten
Discovery Road - Passing Along Utah's Heritage
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