Park City, Utah – September 2022 – Olympic Medals and Pins

The museum at Park City also has a collection of medals pins, starting with a bronze and silver example from those 2002 games.

Over the years all participants in the Olympics received a medal, regardless of their finish. The museum at Park City has a great collection of those for the various winter Olympic venues.

Another tradition at the Olympics is the trading of pins from your respective country with your competitors from around the world.

Park City, Utah – September 2022 – Utah Olympics Museum

Park City was one of the centers for the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. It remains a training facility, as well as a visitor center with a museum celebrating those Olympics.

In addition there is a section of the museum celebrating skiing in general, and the life of local legend Alf Engen.

The museum has numerous artifacts from the 2002 games, including art pieces from the opening ceremony as well as other memorabilia.

A collection of the snowboards, ski’s, jerseys and other items used in competition.

Salt Lake City – September 2022 – Random Views

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…

And sunrise….

Salt Lake City – September 2022 – Utah State Capitol

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The lions guarding the side of the building were originally made out of concrete, but were replaced during a 4 year overall capitol restoration project ending in 2008.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.

Provo, Utah – September 2022 – Signs, Signs Everywhere There’s Signs

Like most cities Provo, Utah has a sign ordnance dictating the size and placements of advertising signs. Fortunately the Lakeside Storage Facility is either not in the city of Provo, or has an exemption as they have an amazing collection of petroliana (items relating to the gasoline industry).

We happened upon this place just after they opened their office for the day. The young lady in the office said that we could walk around all we like!

But it is not just signs they have….

There are multiple small airplanes on top of the storage units.

Most of the signs date from the 1940s through the 1970s, in various states of condition.

A few old cars and trucks are included in the collection.

They have another area across the road with more signs, but it was under construction and off limits. Still – who can resist Elvis and Marilyn on a flatbed truck outside the gate.

The Lakeside Storage and Sign Museum on the west side of Provo, Utah is one of those funky places that is a must for me!

Circleville, Utah – September 2022 – Butch Cassidy’s Boyhood Home

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.

Southern Utah – September 2022 – Burr Trail

John Atlantic Burr was born on a ship as his family was making their way to the United States in the late 1800s. Later in life he was a cattleman in Southern Utah.

His land included space along an amazing geological feature known as the Waterpocket Fold, a rise of nearly 1000′ feet above the valley below.

Today the Burr Trail goes from Bullfrog on Lake Powell to Boulder, Utah. The road is paved for the first 20 miles or so.

As we turned onto this road a park ranger stopped us and warned us that a few miles ahead the road goes through Bullfrog Creek, and that some people had been stuck there for 3 hours, before finally getting through.

Fortunately our choice of transportation is an all wheel drive Ford Edge – and the ranger said, in true guy fashion ‘you might be ok – just stay right, then left, then back to the right – and don’t stop’. Having driven in snow for decades I knew exactly what he meant. And it worked.

We went right through!

For next 30 miles or so we enjoyed the trip, first paved and eventually gravel road. The scenery was once again amazing. After about 15 miles you enter Capital Reef National Park.

At one point John cut a path for his cattle down the Fold so they could get down to the valley to graze. He did this with a series of switchbacks that now serve as the highlight of this drive.

While not quite as high a climb as Moki Dugway, it is far more intense as the road is barely 2 lanes, and the climb is steeper. Very cool!

This photo is not tilted, the land is!

The view at the top is great, looking back at what you just drove.

The remainder of Burr Trail takes you through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, highlighted in the next posting.