Mines & Railroads
seems as though Milan was born to be a pioneer. He excelled at it! Even
though he received a very limited education and lived his life pioneering
the West during very unsettled times, yet he was able to provide for
himself and family a very comfortable living. His early adulthood was
spent hauling freight in wagon trains all over the West, and he also
helped to rescue the saints of the Willie handcart company. Over the
years, he developed a keen sense of recognizing a good business opportunity,
and many of the businesses he started were highly successful with a
little hard work. His freighting, railroad building, lumber industry,
mining, merchandising, banking and ranching, all helped to open the
West and provide jobs for those who followed. He did have his share
of trials, what with fighting unfriendly indians in three different
wars, being robbed by Butch Cassidy,
having business setbacks and neglecting the spiritual side of his life.
Packard was born in Parkman, Geauga, Ohio, near the city of Cleveland
on October 7, 1830. He was the son of Noah and Sophia Bundy Packard.
He spent his early years in Parkman & Kirtland, Ohio, and his teenage
years in Nauvoo, Illinois, and Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He was twenty
years of age when he came to Utah with his parents and settled in Springville in the central part of that state.
the spring of 1851 in connection with his father, Milan assisted in
surveying and building the first dams on Hobble Creek that drew the
first water from that stream to be used for agricultural purposes in
Springville. In that same year he assisted in the surveying of the Springville