As a military wife, I have learned to expect almost anything or to meet almost anyone when I go places—even Utah. However, I must admit....I was not expecting what happened on the set of "17 Miracles." The first day we were told to arrive at the Heber Valley Historical Railroad station by 8:00 am. This is a quaint, old railroad station snuggled in the mountains of Provo Canyon at Heber, Utah. It still gives wonderful tourist trail rides through the Canyon and more. The train looks and feels quite old. We enjoyed the cars as they are really “old school!” With no modern air conditioning, they were plenty warm that day in August! It was a learning experience just to open a window to get some air.
|Duane and Jim waiting at the studios|
|Duane dressed as a pioneer on the trail|
Several times the Rowleys came to be in the movie. If I remember correctly, they are descendents of Ann Rowley, who was in the Willie Handcart company. She lost her husband and brought her family the rest of the way to the Valley by herself. The Rowleys were gentle, soft spoken men. They raise fruit that is dried and you can find it in Trader Joe’s and other like kind grocery stores. I can’t remember the brand name but look for one that comes from a coop in southwestern
|Here we are as a "family" for one of the scenes.|
I don't remember the young man's name but I hope he sees his picture!
I think it is Brother Rowley, but without whiskers.....is it?
|I think that this is one of the Rowley's, but I can't be absolutely sure.|
If not, I hope whomever it is will see this picture and recognize themselves.