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Beaver in Beaver County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin

(circa 1890-1900)

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2014
1. Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin Marker
Inscription.  This early sawed log farm cabin (circa 1890-1900) was relocated to this site from the small hamlet of Manderfield located 5 miles north of Beaver. Manderfield was known as Indian Creek in pioneer days. The Beaver Chapter of the sons of The Utah Pioneers took on the project when the owners of the building, LaVar and LaRay Cox, donated it to the community. It is believed by many to be the birth cabin of Philo T. Farnsworth, the inventor of modern Television. His uncle, Robert Farnsworth, is thought to have built the cabin. Philo's father and two of his mother's brothers purchased 800 acres just north of his uncle Robert's homestead the summer of 1906. Consequently, it is thought that Philo's family was living with his uncle at the time of his birth, August 19, 1906.

For the first three years of his life Philo's family lived and farmed in the Manderfield area. The family left Beaver County and lived for a time in the town of Washington, near St. George, then near Vernal in northeastern Utah. They eventually moved to a farm near Rigby, Idaho. As a lad of 15, Philo was attending school in Rigby, when the idea of how to electronically scan
Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible just left of the door</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2014
2. Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin Marker (wide view; marker visible just left of the door)
and transmit a visual image occurred to him. It is said that he was riding on a horse drawn plow which created parallel rows in the farm field in preparation for spring planting when the inspiration of how to dissect a visual image into parallel horizontal lines; electronically scan it and reassemble the original image on a Television screen took root. Fortunately he diagramed his idea on a small piece of paper which he gave his teacher at Rigby High School. He was 21 years old when he was finally able to transmit an image of his wife, Elma.

The teacher kept the piece of paper, and years later was able to produce it as evidence when Philo's patent was being challenged in the courts by the RCA Corporation, headed by David Sarnoff. The courts ruled in favor of Philo and settled the matter. Philo T. Farnsworth went on to invent numerous other devices. He died March 11, 1971.
 
Location. 38° 16.43′ N, 112° 38.402′ W. Marker is in Beaver, Utah, in Beaver County. Marker is on East Center Street (Utah Route 21) east of Main Street (Utah Route 160), on the right when traveling east. Marker is a large painted metal plaque, mounted at eye-level directly on the Farnsworth cabin, just to the left of the front (north) door. The cabin is located on the Beaver Territorial Courthouse grounds, on the west
Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin (<i>northwest corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2014
3. Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin (northwest corner view)
side of the courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 East Center Street, Beaver UT 84713, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Philo T. Farnsworth (a few steps from this marker); Beaver Territorial Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Beaver Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Beaver Relief Society Hall (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beaver Stake Tabernacle (about 500 feet away); Fort Cameron (approx. 0.2 miles away); Grimshaw Home (approx. half a mile away); Joseph Tattersall House (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaver.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Philo T. Farnsworth
 
Also see . . .  Philo T. Farnsworth. Inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth was born on August 19, 1906, in Beaver, Utah. He was born in a log cabin constructed by his grandfather, a Mormon pioneer. An amateur scientist at a young age, Farnsworth converted his family's home appliances to electric power during his high school years and won a national contest with his original invention of a tamper-proof lock. In his chemistry class in Rigby, Idaho, Farnsworth sketched out an idea for a vacuum tube that would revolutionize television—although
Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin (<i>west side view; Beaver Territorial Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, July 30, 2014
4. Early Sawed Log Farm Cabin (west side view; Beaver Territorial Courthouse in background)
neither his teacher nor his fellow students grasped the implications of his concept. (Submitted on December 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2018. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 57 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 8, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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