In The Desert
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Stormont Mill Site
This was a very interesting trip and there is a lot more to see. I don't think a lot of people have taken the time to look on a satellite map and find an overlook to view the Stormont Mill Site from the east side of the Virgin River.This will give you a unique view of the area.
You can find some very unusual rock formations in the desert and this is certainly one that deserves a closer look. This looks like the same rock formations that are in the Devil's Post Pile in California. Look at the enlarged close-up.
How often have you seen something like this off in the distance? A cave? (yellow arrow)How deep is it? Hard to tell. Let's look at a close-up of this cave.
The next 4 photographs are of the John Vought home. Geraldine Vought died on March 1987 and shortly afterwards John started building the "Babylon House" even though his wife had died before they could get the construction started. It burned down to the foundation shortly after being started and that put a stop to construction. At that time John had invested 250 thousand dollars in the project. Before that the property was the site of the Stormont Mill. However the LDS church members have always called it the Babylon Mill. Only one building from back in the mining days still stands, or part of it anyway.
This is the Virgin River and it eventually drains into Lake Mead north of Las Vegas. On the far side of the river, to the east, is the town of Hurricane, Utah. The Hurricane side of the river is mostly high lava cliffs as shown here and in the above photograph.
This was going to be the garage.
This is probably the only original building still left standing on the mill site. Apparently John Vought was going to let it stay as a reminder of what was here during the mining days. This area and a long strip running up along the East Reef is still privately owned and is probably why you can still drive up to the buildings. Most of the roads on the BLM Red Cliffs area are closed.
This gives you a whole different perspective of the Stormont Mill Site and the John Vought homestead. In the photo below you can also see the Babylon Cabin where it is tucked into back side of that ridge.
This was taken at the John Vought homestead only to show where we were going next. We were headed to the town of Hurricane up on the volcanic cliff pictured here. This was not easy to find or get to, as it is now, or will soon be a building site for new homes. This was photographed to show the distance and location from where the next photos were taken.
Enlarge this to get a really unique view of the John Vought homestead and the old Mill site. This certainly is a great way to view this historic site. See the map below for site locations and where we took these photos.
Located on the map below is the Babylon Cabin, Stormont Mill (Babylon) and the overlook on the cliff where you can photograph the whole site. Zoom in for more detail.