The legendary past of Emigration Canyon, one of Utah's important pioneer corridors, will be celebrated during a fund-raiser Sunday, Oct. 4, of the Emigration Canyon Historical Society.

It will be held from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Sante Fe Restaurant in the canyon. The gathering will launch the publication of "Emigration Canyon: Gateway to the Salt Lake Valley and Emigration Canyon Railroad."A buffet, music by folk singer Dan Whitley, a canyon media presentation, a sale of historical artifacts and a silent auction are planned. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple. Tickets are available from Shelly at 583-7729. Contributed funds will support publication of the book.

"Very few people recognize the incredible significance that Emigration Canyon has had on Utah's development . . . ," said project director Stanley A. Fishler.

Among other things, the publication will detail the history of the nine-mile-long stretch of land from the early days of trappers and American Indians, to the ill-fated Donner Party, the arrival of Mormon pioneers, the Pony Express, the California Gold Rush and the building of the railroad.

Book co-authors Cynthia Furse and Jeff Carlstrom will join Fishler for the evening. Others who will attend include canyon residents who have contributed personal recollections to the historical account. For more information about the book, call Fishler at 583-4833.