Old Ephraim Stage
This stage will be located on the upper level of the school, just inside the main entrance in the "Sunroom". It will be in the rear area of the Cowboy Trading Post Area. It will feature the "open-mic" stage and will be hosting local poets and musicians. We welcome new performers.
To be apart of the open mic stage
contact Scott at
or text only phone (435)-535-5157
New this year, you may send a message to our volunteer Scott, or to "Contact” ahead of time. Scott will help you get a slot! You can go to the stage area and sign up for a time to perform. Go early though, as time slots will fill up quickly!
Sign up will begin at 5:00 pm on Friday March 1st, and continue at 9:00 am am Saturday March 2nd as slots are filled up. Time slots are for 10 minutes. Email questions:
Standing nearly ten feet tall, Old Ephraim was a giant among grizzly bears with jaws strong enough to bite through trees a foot thick. His appetite for sheep was as large as he was, so in the early 1900s the bear was in the sights of sheepherders and hunters throughout northern Utah and southern Idaho, but Old Ephraim was a wily one. Sheepman Frank Clark was as tenacious as the animal was cunning, and he finally got the best of the bear.
In the dark of night on August 22, 1923, Old Ephraim found himself in a wallow in Logan Canyon with his right fore-paw caught in a twenty-three -pound bear trap and restrained by a fourteen-foot logging chain. Awakened by the ruckus, Clark ran out of camp in his underwear and dispatched the rampaging grizzly with seven shots from his hunting rifle.
Clark skinned out and buried the bear. Later, Boy Scouts unearthed the grizzly and sent the skull to the Smithsonian Institution and, the story goes, turned Old Ephraim’s vertebrae into neckerchief slides.
Old Ephraim returned to CacheValley in 1978, and his skull is on display at the Merrill Library at Utah State University. His gravesite is marked with an eleven-foot-high stone monument bearing this verse by Nephi Bott:
Old Ephraim, Old Ephraim
Your deeds were so wrong
Yet we built you this marker
And sing you this song.
To the King of the forest
So mighty and tall
We salute you Old Ephraim
The King of them all.