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  •  Thanks, very personal appreciation for this (0+ / 0-)

    Thank you for the lovely tribute and exquisite photographs. I used to not really understand the appeal of southern Utah landscape. It was hard for me to appreciate a beauty that didn't involve trees and lushness. But recently it has fascinated me almost to the point of distraction.

    My great-x-grandfather briefly resided in Paria, just him and a couple other men were there at that time. As it happens, he was on the lam. I often think of him, how it must have been to be so completely alone and geographically isolated in their shame. And sort of ironically surrounded by some of the most stunning landscape in the world. Not just within a couple days' journey surrounded, but towering right over their heads day and night.

    The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. --Calvin & Hobbes

    by reid fan on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 09:45:56 PM PDT

    •  It never was a very large town... (2+ / 0-)
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      Neat story, and it fits so well with the iconic nature of the site.  Of course, the Paria movie townsite is not in the exact location of the old Paria town, which was abandoned around 1930 due to frequent flooding.  The movie companies couldn't have that, and besides the scenery is better closer to U.S. 89 than at the old town.

      Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

      by Phoenix Rising on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:34:57 PM PDT

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      •  Were there any structures when you were there? (0+ / 0-)

        I heard in the last couple years somebody (perhaps intentionally) burned down some of the old movie set structures that used to be there. IIRC, there aren't any settler structures remaining--like you say, that their homes were constantly being destroyed by floods was the very reason they left.

        My ancestor would have been there in the 1870s. I wish we had more detail, but we only have a couple pretty oblique diary references.

        The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poor reasoning, and inhibit clarity. --Calvin & Hobbes

        by reid fan on Thu Oct 27, 2011 at 10:45:44 PM PDT

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        •  No, just the foundations (1+ / 0-)
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          The townsite is up the valley a ways from the movie set, which is where the parking lot is... I didn't even see the cemetery which I understand is still onsite near the town.

          I arrived only a couple of months after someone set fire to the buildings.  Of course, the buildings that had been there were replacements to the original movie set which I believe was washed out in a large flood; I can't remember who put them up, but they'd only been standing a few years when they were burned down to the foundation.

          Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. - William Pitt

          by Phoenix Rising on Fri Oct 28, 2011 at 12:09:55 AM PDT

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