The Busy Bee Bar & Grill in Salt Lake City, Utah
The Busy Bee recently closed down, I stopped by to get some pictures to document it and especially the cool neon sign.
Constructed in 1893 by Oscar M. Booth, this house is an excellent example of the Queen Anne architectural style in Utah. Some identifying features of the home include its side-hall plan, asymmetrical massing, long wrap-around porch, and the octagonal tower with conical roof. Mr. Booth was a local carpenter and builder who is best known in the Nephi area for his design of the Whitmore Mansion, listed on the National Register. It is also reported that in addition to the work Booth did in Nephi, he also worked in the Avenues in Salt Lake City during the 1890s. He was born in 1868 in Utah and continued his building activities, primarily in Juab County, until his death in 1944. Mr. Booth, along with his wife rose, owned this home until 1897, when it was then sold to another local resident of Nephi. The home retains its historic integrity and is a contributing resource within the city of Nephi.
Holley’s Service Station (from uvu.contentdm.oclc.org)
At junction of Maple Street and Highway 89. Opened consistently at 6:00 am and closed at 9:30 pm. Inside the store was like stepping into an old-fashioned dry goods catalog; The unfailing reply, “I’ve got it somewhere” was seldom wrong; John loved to give penny lollipops to the children to see their faces beam with delight; When Holley died, the demise of the business soon followed; The building was torn down in the mid-1980s
Just off Spanish Fork Canyon to the north, this is an interesting canyon with many rock pillars, a slot canyon, some arches, springs and more.
Above is a geocache I put near an Arch, I found notes from someone saying they had been tracking three mountain lions in that area.
Out in front of the American Fork Police Department and the District Courthouse are some stone memorials.
Aug. 16 1995 – Jan. 18, 2000
American Fork Police K9
“No night too dark, No mission too tough, No sacrifice too great.”
American Fork Police Department
In Memorial Of:
One of the rest areas along I-70 in the stretch that goes through the San Rafael Swell area.
Ghost Rock View Area (Westbound)
For my post about this section of Interstate 70 and links to the other rest areas on it visit this page.
As you stand here look around, the magnificent cliffs, canyons, knobs, and spires before you are mostly cut from the 190 million-year-old Navajo Sandstone formation. Imagine the winds that carried sand to this area and deposited it in sand dunes hundreds of feet high. As wind shifted the massive sand dunes, the sands were deposited in a whirl of layers. Buried over eons of geologic time, the sands ceased their movement and turned to stone. Water releases the grains of sand from the grip of stone. Even here in an arid climate, water is the prime agent sculpting the stone into canyons, arches, and pinnacles. You are near the center of the great anticline that is the San Rafael Swell. Here, the layers are nearly flat-lying. It is like a stone dome with the curved top worn away. Soon the layers will begin tilting gently to the west.
This is outlaw Country! Hidden deep in these canyons Butch Cassidy, Elza Lay, Flat Nose George, Kid Curry, Joe Walker and others eluded lawmen who pursued them in the late 1800s. In the 1850s, Cheif Walkara escaped into these badlands with as many as 1,400 horses stolen from ranchers in California. He came across the Spanish Trail, which takes its northernmost route through the San Rafael Swell. Spanish explorers forged the trail about 1800. Later it became a route for slave traders traveling between Santa Fe and the Great Basin. Native Americans were sold for as much as $200 each in Mexico City. Imagine what was in the minds of those prisoners as they traveled through this rugged country.
The plumes you see on the northern horizon are proof that today, the lights are on in Utah. The Hunter Plant generates 1,240 megawatts of power at uses 4.5 millions tons of coal annually. The power plant is one of three generating facilities that lie in the rich low-sulfur coalfields of central Utah. Combined they provide 2,215 megawatts of power for users in Utah and California. Coal is extracted from large underground mines in the mountains you can see to the west. Once mined, the coal is crushed and then transported to the plant where it is washed and pulverized, making it burn hotter and more completely. The coal is fed into huge boilers that produce superheated steam, which powers the turbine that drives the electric generator. The electricity then leaves the plant on 345,000-volt transmition lines… and the lights come on.