Thursday, January 1, 2009

Ghost Town! - Grafton, Utah

Grafton, Utah - Along the banks of the Virgin River, just outside of Zion National Park, down a long muddy dirt road, you'll find the remains of the town of Grafton Utah. It was founded in the 1860's in an attempt to grow cotton in Utah's Dixie. The town was literally washed away only a few years after it was founded. The people of Grafton moved upstream a couple miles to where the remains of town are found today. By the early 20th century the town was abandoned and became a ghost town. It is an interesting experience visiting a ghost town. It makes one think about why we build things and why we abandon things. It shows that some things last much longer than the people who build them and yet much of what we hold dear is actually very fleeting and fragile.

Reflection in Grafton, Utah - Ghost Town

Grafton, Utah - The Ghost Town
(I love the ghostly shadows and clouds in this photograph)

1 comment:

Stott Family said...

Hey Tim,
Just an FYI, Grafton was used in the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid with Paul Newman.
By the way I leave in Cedar City so next time your down I will treat you to dinner to a place you wont soon forget.
Lance Stott