Our stay in Escalante is ending, tomorrow morning we'll be on the road again. Only 70 miles to Panguitch. We're supposed to stay the weekend but with an altitude of 6500 feet we may cut our time there short.
Escalante was settled by the Mormons in the late 1870s.
A little about the town. Over 50% of its historically and architecturally significant buildings are relatively intact. The town was laid out following the Zion Plat System. All blocks were 5 acres divided into four 1.25 acre lots. Each property in town had a home, barn, granary, root cellar, chicken coop, one of more sheds, a garden and an orchard. We picked up a little map of the older buildings and drove around checking them out. One of the few wooden homes left standing. Built in 1911.
A mural on one of the buildings.
Not sure about this, but thought it deserved a posting. Is that supposed to be John Wayne?
The early buildings were built of locally produced lumber, sandstone, volcanic boulders, sun-dried adobe bricks and fired red clay bricks. One of the older homes that has been kept up and occupied.
This one is boarded up. Built around 1890.
The wind was still blowing while we were driving around, see the dust blowing across the street. Glad we weren't on the road in the RV.
This one has also been kept up and occupied.
Another one that is falling down. I wonder how much it would take to restore it. The doors, windows, hardware and household were brought in by horse drawn wagons over hundreds of miles of dirt roads. Most manufactured in the Midwest and Eastern factories.
Nice view from town.
We visited the Hole in the Rock Heritage Site. When we were in Bluff a couple of weeks ago we visited the Hole in the Rock Museum. Click here to read about their history. Escalante is where they began their six month trek. Amazing people. And they did it in winter. Go back and read the whole story.
The orange line is their path. They averaged 1.7 miles a day. Where it says Hole in the Rock they had to chisel and blast a path through a narrow steep canyon down to the Colorado River.
The decent now ends at Lake Powell. We watched a video on how they did this.
I can't even imagine doing this. Not one life was lost on this journey and a couple of babies were born.
I guess there had to be a "last wagon."
A cabin in Escalante still standing. But not being taken care of.
About 5:00 in the evening it got dark outside. Really really weird looking. Spooky.
The sun trying to shin through the smoke.
By about 9 the winds shifted and the sky cleared.