NIBLEY – A crowd gathered at Nibley City Hall Wednesday evening where artist Larry Winborg unveiled his latest work. The new painting is a collection of more than a dozen scenes that come together to tell Nibley’s story. It will be permanently displayed in the council chambers.
The piece highlights past groups of people that have occupied Cache Valley, such as the Shoshone and the fur trappers. There is also a strong focus on the city’s farming legacy. Winborg, who has strong Nibley ties, included his grandfather’s blacksmith shop alongside two other businesses.
“Really it’s very legitimate because there were only three businesses in Nibley,” he said. “There was a grocery store, a little gas station and my grandfather’s blacksmith shop.”
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A focus of the painting is the depiction of the first non-Native American baby born in the valley. According to Nibley Mayor Shaun Dustin, Eliza Cache Stolworthy was born at Elk Horn Ranch on July 17, 1856 to Thomas and Matilda Jenkerson Stolworthy. Dustin said Elk Horn Ranch was the first settlement in the valley and was likely located in present day Nibley.
Winborg said the Native Americans were “fascinated” to hear of the baby’s birth. That interest is represented in the painting.
“They came to see that baby,” he said. “That is what is going on in this scene right here.”
The establishment of the ranch was led by Briant Stringham, but according to Winborg, the first winter was very difficult. The original cowboy settlers lost all but 400 of their 4,000 cows due to the snow and extreme cold.
“They tried to drive some of them back through Sardine Canyon to save them but they didn’t save very many cattle,” he said. “I think it was still a success because it was the beginning of settlement in Cache Valley.”
Other scenes include the city’s historic LDS church building, a pioneer wagon, the Blacksmith Fork River and a horse-drawn school bus.
“There is a lot of stuff here, right? But I think it is all important,” Winborg said.
Mayor Dustin said the Nibley community speaks a lot about its heritage, and said that Winborg’s painting is a good representation of it.
“I not only see Nibley heritage,” Dustin said. “I see Cache Valley.”