Shady Dell / Shady Dale Outdoor Dance Pavilion
One of several outdoor dance halls in central/southern Utah, others are listed on this page.
There isn’t much left of this one, the concrete pad, some stone pillars and a little more.
The Indian Blanket pictograph is 16 feet wide and 4 feet high.
The legend says that many years ago a group of Paiute Indians passed through Clear Creek Canyon on the way to their winter camping area. While they were in the canyon, a recently born baby of a young woman died and was buried near here. During the winter, the mother was troubled by the thought of her baby being alone in the cold. The following spring she returned to the burial site. Nearby, she painted a blanket on a rock face so the baby could use the blanket to keep warm during cold winters at this lonely place.
Jedediah Strong Smith
“Diah”, as his friends called him, stood 6’1″. He was a religious man and abstained from drinking, smoking or swearing. Unlike many mountain men, he was literate and carried a Bible and kept a journal. Smith is credited with blazing the western half of the Old Spanish Trail, a 1,230 mile trade route between Santa Fe and California.
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Joseph Lott and his family built a cabin on this site in the 1880s and were among the first pioneers to settle in Clear Creek Canyon.
Their 160 acre homestead extended through the canyon bottom and included orchards and pastures.
Joe, his wife Merua, and their six children loved here for nearly thirty hears. The Lott cabin stood until the 1970s.
This pioneer cabin is typical of those built by Utah settlers in the mid-nineteenth century. It is not known who originally built this cabin, but Bernard Barnson, his wife Hannah, and several of their children lived in the two-room structure from 1903 to 195 in Junction, Utah. In 1996, the descendants of Bernard and Hannah Barnson donated this cabin to Fremont Indian State Park.
During construction of Interstate 70, ruins from a large ancient Fremont Indian village were uncovered. This museum was built to preserve treasures from the site, including pottery, baskets and arrowheads. The ancient people decorated many nearby cliff walls with unique rock art. Spend a few hours at the museum, tour the rock art sites and then camp at nearby Castle Rock Campground.(*)
Discover artifacts, petroglyphs, and pictographs left behind by the Fremont Indians. During construction of Interstate 70, the largest known Fremont Indian village was uncovered. This museum preserves treasures from the site, including pottery, baskets, and arrowheads. Spend a day at the museum, take a hike on the trails, and then camp at nearby Castle Rock Campground or Sam Stowe Campground.(*)
The park has an a cool list of points of interest to see and learn about, I’ll gather pictures of them all here.
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