Some random views of an evening in downtown Salt Lake City.
Trolley Square was once a trolley barn for the original streetcars of the city. For 50 years it has been a trendy shopping district (and somewhere with a patio restaurant open for lunch!). The water tower is a highlight of the skyline.
Another in a long line of stupid arena names in the pursuit of a few more dollars – the Vivint Arena. The streetcars however, are a great (re)addition to the city.
While we are going on strange names – the Utah Jazz. The franchise was founded in New Orleans in 1974, playing just 5 seasons there before relocating to Salt Lake City, but keeping the Jazz name, apparently because they switched cities so close to the start of the season they never had time to get new uniforms and advertising completed.
A few murals…
Our hotel for the night had a nice view of downtown for both sunset…
The Utah State Capitol sits on the aptly named Capitol Hill above downtown Salt Lake City. Completed in 1916 it’s style is similar to most of the state capitol buildings in the U.S.
As always this posting is not meant to document all the features of the building, rather to reflect on some of the more photogenic views.
The lions guarding the side of the building were originally made out of concrete, but were replaced during a 4 year overall capitol restoration project ending in 2008. They are now made out of Italian marble, and were completed by Nick Fairplay.
This glass window features the ubiquitous Utah beehive. The beehive symbolizes the belief that the community works together as a whole to improve life for all.
One of the two grand marble staircases. Each staircase has a massive mural depicting the mormon settlement of Utah.
The rotunda ceiling. When the building was first completed the rotunda remained unfinished for 20 years until the cyclorama was completed in 1934.
The artwork around the rotunda was completed at the same time.
This bust is of the native Ute hunter and fur trader Unca Sam.
Nearby is a bust of Ute leader John Duncan.
Noted Utah inventor Philo T Farnsworth is also featured on the 4th floor gallery. Among his many discoveries Farnsworth is credited with inventing the first complete television.
Also from the 4th floor many of the details visible.
After an amazing day of hiking and scenic drives we ended up in downtown Provo, Utah for the evening. The town is home to BYU, which according to those that do studies like this is the least party school in the country. A quick walk or drive through town affirms this as there are very few bars for a large college town.
There are a number of newer buildings downtown.
There are a few interesting older buildings in town as well.
The small town of Circleville, Utah has the claim to fame of being the boyhood hometown of Butch Cassidy.
They celebrate this fact by maintaining his boyhood home.
Butch lived here under his birth name of Robert Leroy Parker from the age of 13 until he was 18, when he started working at the nearby Jim Marshall Ranch. It was here he met Mike Cassidy, who taught him (among other things) how to handle horses and guns. The rest, as they say, is history.
The farm has a collection of old implements that post date the time Butch would’ve lived there.
The valley the cabin is located is very scenic.
Butch Cassidy’s boyhood home is not something most people would make a destination, but if you are passing by it is worth the stop to stretch your legs and check out a bit of Utah history.
In the foothills east of Tucson lies Agua Caliente Park, with it’s large palm trees and year round ponds feed by spring water.
Originally there were two springs, a hot spring and a cold spring. Over the years attempts to improve the flow of water failed miserably resulting in a combination of the waters, and a lower overall volume of flow.
The native Hohokam had a village here for nearly 1000 years. In the mid 1800s the Army had taken over the area for an encampment following the Gadsden Purchase of 1853.
In the late 1800s it was claimed by a settler who ranched the land. Later they advertised the ranch as a health spa. This pattern continued for 100 years, until the mid 1980s when the county took over the property to develop as a park.
The majestic palm trees were added in the late 1800s when it became a spa.
The mining town of Clifton, in far eastern Arizona, has had ups and downs over the 100+ years of it’s existence. It’s position along the San Francisco River in a steep valley makes for interesting photography.
The small mining town of Graham, New Mexico was founded in 1893 to mine silver and gold ore. To obtain the water required a pipeline was built up the narrow canyon, with a wooden walkway built on top for workers to be able to traverse the path.
Known as the Catwalk, this was in place for the 10-15 years that the town and mine was in existence. In the 1930s the WPA effort known as the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) rebuilt the catwalk for recreational purposes.
In 2012 this catwalk was destroyed in a large flood, leading to the rebuilding of the current Catwalk. It is a great engineering feat as well as a nice, shady hike up the canyon hovering above the creek.
The creek below is a favorite spot for people to cool off from the hot New Mexico summer.
As you proceed up the canyon you begin to run out of catwalks and have a small creek crossing.
Eventually you go as far as the trail will allow, as the rest of the trail has been damaged by storms, so it was time to turn back.
The entire area is very beautiful, and the Catwalks is a required stop.