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    : Native Americans honor a sacred place by naming it Hole in the Sky. Today, that same land is known as the Swaner Preserve.
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    : Brigham Young and the Mormon settlers pass through what is now Swaner Preserve on their way to the Salt Lake Valley.
     pony express
    : A new Pony Express route passes directly in front of what is now the Swaner Old Stone House.
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    : Kimball Brothers Stage Line operates between Park City and Salt Lake City through the heart of today’s Swaner Preserve, establishing Kimball’s Junction.
    : Utah Central railway completes the first train tracks connecting Salt Lake City and Park City along East Canyon Creek and through what is now Swaner Preserve.
    : The road in Parley’s Canyon is improved and designated U.S. Highway 40 from Salt Lake City through Kimball’s Junction, separating what are now the north and south properties of the Swaner Preserve.
     Leland Swaner
    : Leland S. Swaner purchases the Spring Creek Angus Ranch which he continues to operate for the next 35 years. Originally constructed in the late 1800s, the ranch was located on the north side of the roadway, complete with a barn and other ranch buildings.
    : Interstate-80 is constructed through Kimball’s Junction, permanently bisecting the future Swaner Preserve.
    : The Spring Creek Angus Ranch Partnership donates 190 acres of land in memory of Leland Swaner, establishing the Swaner Memorial Park Foundation.
    : The Preserve grows to  more than 1,000 acres, thanks to the donation of seven additional parcels of land.
    colts  2001: Federal Wetland Reserve Program easement is established to protect 533 acres of critical wetland habitat on the east side of the Preserve. Over the next three years, ponds are re-created, agricultural ditches are filled and streams are restored, returning the wetlands to their natural condition.
     wallin barn
    : Wallin Farm is purchased (now known as the Farm at Swaner), adding 107 acres to the Preserve.
     field trips
    : The organization’s name is formally changed to the Swaner Nature Preserve. Fourth and fifth grade field trips are launched.
     ground breaking
    : October 3: The community turns out for the Ceremonial Groundbreaking for the construction of the Swaner EcoCenter. County Commissioner Sally Elliott, Mayor Dana Williams, writer Stephen Trimble, folksinger Hal Canon, and founder Sumner Swaner are keynote speakers at the memorable occasion.
    : Swaner EcoCenter Grand Opening. The organization’s name legally changes to the Swaner EcoCenter, encompassing the EcoCenter, Swaner Preserve, Swaner Trails and Swaner Farm.
    Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter makes largest gift in Utah State University's history.  The gift transfers the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter to USU ownership and oversight.  Swaner's mission to preserve, educate, and nurture will continue with increased programming, research opportunities, and satellite education.  Learn more:http://www.usu.edu/ust/index.cfm?article=42009