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Murals, Icons, and Alleys

Trent Call has been leaving his mark on buildings for the past few years in Salt Lake City.  Tracking these murals down took me down a rabbit hole.  I ended up behind buildings, through alleyways and courtyards, and past some architectural gems.   I emerged in neighborhoods of Salt Lake City I hadn’t seen before, […]

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Spring City Heritage Day

We always traveled to Brigham City on Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, as some of the aunts called it.  The cousins played in the irrigation ditches, hid behind the lilac bushes, and practiced not stepping on the graves.  We lolled on the grass under a bright blue sky with a sense of purposelessness — naive to death […]

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U.F.O. Hijinks

Vaughn Reid is having entirely too much fun off Highway 10, near Clawson, in Central Utah.  Reid is a 72-year-old retired steel worker, machinist, and blacksmith who decided to do something with his collection of junk left behind by previous generations.  He and his buddy, Rich Fairbanks, combine metal, wood, and mystery scraps into large-scale pieces […]

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Gilgal Garden

Tucked behind the Wonder Bread Bakery on Fourth South in Salt Lake City is a twenty-five-ton stone sphinx bearing the face of Joseph Smith, the first president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). It is one of the most significant public stone sculptures of its size in the United States.  The […]

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Cats Cradle

There is an unconventional shop on historic Center Street in Provo.  From the moment you step in you’re a part of the motley jumble of dramatic and well-crafted items from all over the world.  Saints, angels, and devils perch on Arts & Crafts pieces along with art, props, holiday ephemera, and estate jewelry.  It’s the […]

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Pioneer Craft House

Pioneer Craft House (PCH) began operation 60 years ago on the corner of 3300 South and 5th East with the purpose of keeping alive the skills necessary to survive in the wild west 150 years ago. In those 60 years conditions of survival have changed appreciably, and those wild west skills have been rebranded as […]

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Drake Family Farms

Driving along unloved Redwood Road, which is so gravelly and full of semi-trucks that a Redwood tree would be mortified to live there, one fantasizes for a moment that its colorful name meant that it enjoyed a vital past as a bustling lumber yard in post-pioneer days, or as a stretch of tree nurseries in […]

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