Ebenezer Bryce

Bryce’s Canyon

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Names are an interesting thing and the source of the name of Bryce Canyon National Park is very intriguing. We’ve highlighted this story before but it’s one worth telling again.

Ebenezer Bryce’s historic cabin still stands in the town of Tropic, Utah

Sometime in the late 1870’s or early 1880’s Ebenezer Bryce moved into the Paria Valley, just east of the present day national park. One day while searching for his cattle Ebenezer, a pioneer rancher, stumbled onto the

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Butch Cassidy - Robert Leroy Parker

Notorious Outlaws of Bryce Canyon Country

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Cattle rustling, bank heists, train robberies…temptations were irresistible for some of the more unsavory characters who roamed the Wild West at the turn of the 19th century. Blazing the Outlaw Trail from Montana to Mexico, outlaws such as Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch gang often hid out in Utah’s intricate maze of canyons. This lawless bunch was often aided by locals who provided food, supplies, and horses—along with plenty of misinformation to local law enforcement.

Outlaws roamed

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Everett Ruess Block Prints

Everett Ruess

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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 of bonding with the Escalante townspeople, Ruess headed out to Hole-in-the-Rock to “follow…the sweeping way of the wind.” He was last seen a week later about 50 miles

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Pole's Place - Boulder, Utah

Pole Roundy – The Marksman of Boulder, Utah

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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.

Napoleon (Pole) Bonaparte Roundy

Born in Centerville on February 5, 1851 to parents Susannah Wallace and Lorenzo Wesley Roundy, Pole was just a young boy (the seventh of eight siblings) when the family was called by Mormon church leader Brigham Young to join other

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Ebenezer Bryce

The History of Bryce Canyon’s Namesake

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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 Canyon National Park.

Ebenezer Bryce

Born in Scotland on November 17th, 1830, Ebenezer Bryce was a Mormon pioneer and one of a large number of converts to the LDS church who left Scotland for Utah in

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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 bones, GSENM has been the site of some exciting dinosaur discoveries.

In 2010, the Utah Museum of Natural History’s research curator Scott Sampson announced the extraordinary discovery in GSENM of two Ceratopsian skulls from the Cretaceous period. The

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Widtsoe Ghost Town

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The old post office at Widtsoe, Utah

Widtsoe ghost town is located in John’s Valley, about 16 miles northeast of Bryce Canyon National Park near the East Fork of the Sevier River. The town was settled in the early 1900s by Jedediah Adair, and his success as a ‘dry’ farmer drew other settlers to the area over the next few years. Originally known as Adairville, the town was renamed several times in honor of prominent locals including LDS Church

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Escalante – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center Plaza

In the fall of 1879, Mormon settlers from St. George, Parowan, and Cedar City left to settle new territory in southeastern Utah at the request of LDS Church President John Taylor.  The six-week journey turned into a treacherous six-month expedition, as pioneers endured 200 miles of grueling, rugged terrain and a nearly vertical 1200-foot cliff on the banks of the Colorado River.

Ecalante Utah – Hole In The Rock – Heritage Center

The pioneers faced down the challenge by carving and

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Anasazi State Park Museum

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The Anasazi State Park Museum offers another opportunity to get up close and personal with Utah’s natural and human history.

Anasazi State Park – Ruins

A museum houses most of the artifacts that have been found in this former Anasazi Indian village, which was occupied between 1050 and 1200 A.D. and is believed to be the largest Anasazi community west of the Colorado River. The Anasazi State Park Museum also features some artifacts of the Freemont People, another ancient culture

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