People I don’t know

Just for fun I collected as many photos I could remember from over the years when I took a picture with someone I didn’t know.


Pioneer Industrial Center

Pioneer Industrial Center

In 1850, discovery of large deposits of iron ore and coal in this vicinity by Parley P. Pratt, a Mormon leader and explorer, led Brigham Young to plan immediate colonization and development of the entire Southern Utah area.

Parowan was established January 13, 1851 as the center of one of the most extensive industrial developments undertaken by the Mormon Pioneers.

Following the typical colonization plan, this section was designated as the agricultural base. Some of the pioneers were assigned to farming, stockraising, home building, and other necessary occupations. Others, principally English, Welsh and Scottish emigrants, skilled in mining, smelting and iron working, were located at Cedar City, 19 miles south, nearer the iron and coal deposits.

During most of that first winter the settlers–117 men, 30 women and 18 children,–lived in wagon beds which had been placed in rows on the ground. Four days after its founding, Parowan was established as the county seat of Iron County, and legislative, judicial, county and town officers were elected.

Shortly thereafter, other settlements were located wherever suitable places could be found.

The First Iron County Log School House, was Built in Nov. 1851 and Classes Began on Jan. 12, 1852. Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic were taught. The only supplies were a few Slates and Books. It was also used for Town Meetings and Dances.

(Restored under the directed of Parowan Lions President Wesley E. Blake, in 1997.)

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William Walter Wilson


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Memorial to Grandfather

William Walter Wilson

Born 1825, Armagh, Ireland

Died 1880, Midway, Utah

Arrived in Utah, 1854

Mormon pioneer, polygamist, poet, farmer, miner, and militia member.

His families were raised near this site, now designated as Wasatch State Park.

He had an esthetic nature, and spent many hours writing poetry in this picturesque setting overlooking the beautiful Heber Valley and surrounded by the mountains he loved.

He was buried under these oaks, where he enjoyed much of his leisure time. Legend has it that he requested burial here in a sitting position in order “to see the sun rise over the majestic mountains, lighting the beautiful valley below.”


A reference to this on the billiongraves page for Moroni Blood:

A granddaughter of Moroni and Louisa Blood, Thelma Blood Carlile, daughter of Roswell Jr and Hazel McNaughton Blood was only eight years old when Moroni Blood died but said he was definitely the carpenter who made most of the decorative cornices on the old pioneer homes in Midway. She also remembered that he made coffins — one at the request of a man who wanted to be buried sitting up! The coffin had to be specially shaped. He also wanted to be buried on his own property at the bottom of Snake Creek Canyon.

Lake Bonneville


Growing up in Utah I could always see an old water level mark on the foothills of all the mountains. It was lake Bonneville, a huge ancient lake that covered 51,530 square miles and was over 1,000 feet deep in places.

As I explore and document I find a lot of references to the lake and I’m creating this page to link back to from those pages.

The sign at the Pilot Peak historic marker says:

Imagine Lake Bonneville some 10,000 years ago as a cast lake larger than the present Great Salt Lake. Its eastern boundary would be the Wasatch Mountains at Salt Lake City and its west boundary the Toano and Goshute Mountains to your left.

The last major glacial period in North America began about 23,000 years ago. During that time the water level of Lake Bonneville rose because of colder temperatures and a wetter climate. This freshwater lake was over 1,000 feet deep and covered 51,530 square miles – an area the size of Arkansas. If you were standing in this spot 15,000 years ago, you would be more than 500 feet underwater! Pilot Peak, the pyramid shaped mountain in front of you, was merely a small island surrounded by a freshwater lake teeming with fish.

About 15,500 years ago, water rushing through a break in a natural dam along Lake Bonneville’s northern shore dropped the lake level over 300 feet in just a few months! These raging floodwaters deepened the Snake River Canyon in Idaho. A warmer and drier climate over the next 5,000 years slowly caused the lake to shrink even further. Look carefully at the surrounding hills, especially east toward Wendover. You can still see the beach terraces left at the different high water marks as the lake receded. The Great Salt Lake is all that remains of this once vast lake.

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Children’s Clinic – Halloween 5 Filming Location


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The location where they filmed the scenes for Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) that took place at the Haddonfield Children’s Clinic.

It is gated off private property owned by the power company at the Olmsted Power Plant so I didn’t get a lot of my own photos to match up with the screenshots like I usually do.

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Stairs Hydroelectric Power Plant


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The Stairs Project was built in 1894-96 as the first hydroelectric power plant to provide electricity to Salt Lake City. It was also one of the first plants in Utah to transmit power long distance, using alternating current rather than direct current. In addition to the powerhouse, other elements of the historic complex include the dam, conduit, and penstock—all critical components of a hydroelectric plant. The power plant is ideally located to take advantage of the Stairs cascade on Big Cottonwood Creek.

During the late nineteenth century, a combination of technological developments, capitalist enterprise, and economic demands led to the creation of Utah’s hydroelectric power industry. Small utility companies around the state built water power plants to generate electricity, mostly for streetcar systems, mines, and other industries. Cities and small towns also consumed power for municipal, commercial, and domestic use. By the early twentieth century, a merger and consolidation movement among Utah’s utilities culminated in the formation of the Utah Power & Light Company (UP&L). In 1989, UP&L merged with PacifiCorp, an Oregon corporation, which continues to operate the Stairs Project.

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