Everett Ruess

Escalante was one of the most remote towns in the U.S. when Everett Ruess arrived in November 1934. Riding in on a burro and leading another packed with his gear, the 20-year-old artist and poet from California had recently become captivated by the southern Utah red rock landscape. After a few days

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Pole Roundy – The Marksman of Boulder, Utah

Capitol Reef Country's history is full of colorful characters. Napoleon Bonaparte Roundy, known as Pole to his friends and locals, was a "rough-cut" Mormon who was quick on the trigger and not afraid to show it.

Pole Roundy Napoleon (Pole) Bonaparte Roundy

Born in Centerville on February 5, 1851 to

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History of Escalante, Utah

Escalante's namesake is one of its earliest visitors who passed through the region long before the community was actually established. When Franciscan missionary Silvestre Velez de Escalante was summoned to California in 1776 he carefully journaled his trip through the area now known as Escalante.

Dinosaurs in the Grand Staircase

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Dinosaur skeletal remains

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument’s fossil history dates back more than 75 million years, and many paleontologists believe that this vast 1.9-million acre area has the highest concentration of dinosaur fossils in the world. From dinosaur tracks to skulls and

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The History of Bryce Canyon’s Namesake

Perhaps two of the most immortalized “Ebenezers”in namesake history are the infamous Scrooge, forever celebrated as the former miser who despised Christmas, and the lesser known, Bryce, the man whose name is responsible for characterizing the other-wordly rock formations and stark landscape of Bryce

The Quilt Walk of 1864!

How quilts helped save the lives of Utah pioneers.

Panguitch, Utah was established in 1863 under the name of Fairview. Panguitch sits at an elevation of 6,600 feet, and this elevation allows for a shorter than normal growing season. In 1864 significant snow storms came too early and the wheat crops

The Hole In The Rock Expedition

In December of 1879 approximately 80 wagons, consisting of 250 men, women and children, gathered about 40 miles southeast of Escalante, Utah. They were prepared, with supplies, for a six week journey to establish a new community in southeastern Utah. Unfortunately the trek actually took six months

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Native Americans – Bryce Canyon Region

According to scientists the earliest traces of humans in the Bryce Canyon area dates back 10,000-12,000 years when Paleo-Indians hunted along the Colorado Plateau. Artifacts from Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont People, and Anasazi Basketmakers (dating back between 200 and 700 A.D.) have also been

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Butch Cassidy – A Utah Boy

Butch Cassidy is associated today with Paul Newman’s crooked smile and smooth lines in the 1969 Hollywood classic “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” Though much of the film is obviously fictionalized a few key elements seem to be true to the real character of Butch Cassidy, or Robert LeRoy

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Bryce Canyon History

The history of the Bryce Canyon National Park region.

Most famous for the colorful hoodoos which rise from deep within its craggy amphitheaters, Bryce Canyon National Park also boasts a colorful past, rich in Native American lore and pioneer history. Dating back more than 10,000 years, the anthropologic history of Bryce Canyon National Park is as

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