I stopped by the closed down One Man Band Diner in Payson, Utah to get some pictures and video.
Jerry Gardner – Springville Snowman Creator
Growing up in Mapleton and Springville it was fun every winter to see what Jerry Gardner would come up with to build as snow sculptures out at his mailbox at the road in front of his house.
He’s at 476 Canyon Road and people come from all over to see what he comes up with.
Late in the Autumn of 1897, a lone seagull flew south from the shores of Antelope Island in the Great Salt Lake. It landed on this shoreline. The majestic white feathered bird carried in it’s mouth a large cricket. A wondering fisherman by the name of William James Camp spotted the lonely fowl and named his favorite fishing hole Lake Cricket. Although not identified on any known map, this secret fishery remained a pioneer favorite for many years.
This beautiful lake was nearly wiped out during the industrial revolution. Richard Jay Bona, a committed conservationist, discovered the forgotten lake and dedicated his life to it’s preservation. Saved and restored nearly 100 years ago to the day when a lonely seagull was seen regurgitating the last known cricket to die from the now famous Mormon cricket infestation.
1079 East Center Street
Built in 1934, this residence is a one-and-a-half story, brick Colonial Revival style house. The Superintendent’s Residence is historically significant because it helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah. The Superintendent’s House is one of 232 buildings constructed in Utah during the 1930s and early 1940s under the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and other New Deal programs. In 1933 Utah had an unemployment rate of 36 percent, the fourth highest in the country. For the period between 1932-40, Utah’s unemployment rate averaged 25 percent. Because the depression hit Utah so hard, federal spending in Utah during the 1930s was ninth among the 48 states, and the percentage of workers on federal works projects was far above the national average. During the 1930s virtually every public building constructed in Utah, including courthouses, city halls, fire stations, and a variety of others, were built under the direction of federal programs.
Recreation Center for the Utah State Hospital
Built in 1936–1937, the Recreation Center (sometimes called the Castle Amphitheatre) is significant because it also helps document the impact of New Deal programs in Utah during the 1930s and 1940s. This structure is the second public works project built at the Utah State Hospital, the first being the Superintendent’s Residence. The Recreation Center is a three-acre facility consisting of an 800-seat stone amphitheater with attached interior rooms and an accompanying grass-covered play area. The towers and the “battlements” of various sections give the structure a castle-like appearance.
Originally, the center was significant for its important role in providing therapy through play and recreation for the patients at the Utah State Hospital. It was the first such facility constructed at the hospital. This facility is also believed to be one of the earliest and largest amphitheaters built in the state.
Lewis W. and Lydia Brown Lund House
Constructed in 1905 for Lewis and Lydia Lund, this house replaced a small adobe dwelling which the Lunds had been living in since 1894. Mr. Lund was a prominent businessman, banker, livestockman, and one-time mayor of Pleasant Grove. He was well-known for his horse breeding business, which produced some of the best draft horses in the area. This two-story, brick, Victorian Eclectic style house is one of the several houses of this type which were built in Pleasant Grove between 1902 and 1908. The property retains its historic architectural integrity and is a contributing resource within the Pleasant Grove Historic District.
Fugal Blacksmith Shop
The Fugal Blacksmith Shop is one of the few remaining commercial blacksmith shops in Utah. Brothers Christian, Jens, and Niels Fugal began constructing the building in 1897 and completed it in 1903. Progress was delayed by the departure of Jens and Niels on two-year missions for the LDS Church. This new building replaced their smaller frame blacksmith shop located to the southeast (now demolished).
Blacksmith shops were important components of every Utah town. They provided horseshoes, wagon wheels, nails and other metal implements, in addition to repairing and sharpening farm machinery and tools. The Fugals developed other businesses as well, including the plumbing and contracting businesses in which Jens and Niels eventually specialized. By 1929, Chris was sole proprietor of the blacksmith shop. It was the only remaining shop in town at that time. Chris felt he had a natural aptitude for blacksmithing, and his skill and inventiveness were widely known and recognized. He continued his trade until just three weeks before his death in 1962. Many of the tools and equipment he used are still in the shop and in operable condition.