Another “map dot” and “used-to-be-town” in Utah. This is whree Soldiers Pass meets Redwood Road (Highway 68) near Mosida on the West side of Utah Lake.
700 Million years ago these blue to purple shales were deposited as silt and mud in shallow waters near the shore of an ancient sea.
Notice the pattern of mud cracks preserved on the purple rock.
After the layers were built up and compacted, they were tilted, and in time elevated to their present position by movement along the Wasatch fault.
To your left are layers of rock that have been folded and steeply tilted.
The light colored strata were deposited as sand and the dark as mud buried for eons of time the layers were subjected to heat pressure and earth movements which converted them to quartzites and shakes.
On the face of Storm Mountain 2000 feet above your right shoulder you see sparse vegetation die to resistance of the quartzites to weathering.
Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation and the Poultry and Egg National Board have given a turkey to the President of the United States at a White House ceremony. It wasn’t until the first Thanksgiving of President George H.W. Bush, in 1989, that a turkey was officially pardoned for the first time.
On November 22, 2011, Utah Govermor Gary L. Herbert, the Utah State Agriculture and Food Commission, Nerst Turkey, Moroni Feed, and Thanksgiving Point partnered to pardon Utah’s first official Thanksgiving turkey; Lucky Tom. Lucky Tom is a hybrid turkey and a Sanpete native who was raised on the Bryant Blackham farm. As many as five million turkeys are raised in Sanpete County and contribute so much to the rural Utah economy, including more than 500 jobs.
Lucky Tom was hand-picked for his size and attractiveness and because he represents what traditional Utah-grown turkey looks like, Lucky Tom will spend the rest of his days at Farm Country Thanksgiving Point as one of many farm animals on display.
- Crescent Junction
- Fisher Towers
- Ken’s Lake
- Lion’s Park
- Miners Basin
- Moab Giants
- Monitor and Merrimac
- The Spanish Trail
- Valley City
During the period between 1829 and the early 1850s, the area around what is now Moab served as the Colorado River crossing along the Old Spanish Trail. Latter-day Saint settlers attempted to establish a trading fort at the river crossing called “Elk Mountain Mission” in April 1855 to trade with travelers attempting to cross the river. Forty men were called on this mission. There were repeated Indian attacks, including one on September 23, 1855 in which James Hunt, companion to Peter Stubbs, was shot and killed by a Native American. After this last attack, the fort was abandoned. A new round of settlers established a permanent settlement in 1878. Moab was incorporated as a town on December 20, 1902.