In The Desert
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Antelope Rd, Beryl
Table Butte, Avon, Utah
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We didn't make it to Avon in the desert of Escalante, another daytrip maybe? Avon is located on the GPX track and is not far off of the track on this trip. We did meet one of the "off the grid homesteader" (to remain nameless for privacy reasons) and he was a very nice person. He lived in the "middle of nowhere" with his family. No electricity and very little water available in the wells.
The Wecco plant shown in the video is very large and is well guarded, the guards are nice. Because of the muddy conditions in places this trip should be done with friends and only in a 4x4. There was quite a few cattle gates - please close them after passing. We heard that the few people that did make it to Table Butte found some geodes and nice quartz crystals near the Butte. We did see one looped trail that went toward the Butte on the west side, but unfortunately we did not investigate. Below, at the bottom of the page you'll find some of the history of the area when the Spanish came through the area.
Video of this Daytrip
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Southwest Utah, Another beautiful day!
Don, Linda, Dan, Lynn, and two dogs on this trip.
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As you can see in the video above we were on the Old Spanish Trail while traveling on Antelope Road. But the two Spanish explorers, Fathers Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante (this is how the Escalante Desert got it's name) led an exploration party in 1776 from Santa Fe, New Mexico to hopefully find and establish a new route to Monterey, California. Just east of Beaver, Utah they became discouraged, the winter weather didn't help, and they decided to go with "casting of lots" (same as flipping a coin, heads or tails, or pulling the short straw?) to see if they should keep going or turn back. After being 2,000 miles into the trip they decided to turn back. Part of this trip took them right along the eastern side of Table Butte. There could be some great areas to search here, or metal detect! We heard that the Piute's believe this to be a special place, please comment below the video if you know about this?
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There are monuments all over Southwestern Utah, but how certain can they be if they are in the exact location where the Spanish were at that time? We'll look for more!
There is another trip into this area -2,000 Flushes in the old iron ore mine.
AT&T Brick Building History
One of our aquaintances on Facebook, Mike Herberth gave us an image and information about the brick building we found in the middle of nowhere. It is located on the gpx track and with images in the YouTube Video above. See Mike's explanation below.
Mike: "Here is an example of one of those later-era stations in Strawberry Valley just off the east side of 95 North. That one was built in, I believe, the early 60's and is still in use. Note the similarity with the building you found. The station you found would not have been on the original transcon route but the Bell System used that design for many local service and intra-state cable facilities too."
Mike: "There's a good possibility that the brick building you discovered is the remains of an old cable repeater station. The Bell System used buildings exactly like that to house the equipment that received and re-transmitted phone conversations. They were placed at roughly 17-mile intervals across the land." Now you know!