2017 US Route 89 Calendar Cover

2017 Calendar: US Route 89 National Parks & Monuments

2017 calendar featuring photographs of the National Parks and Monuments along US Route 89 by James Cowlin

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Spring City

As we entered Spring City, Utah, for the first time, a small brick building with a bright yellow sign reading Horseshoe Mountain Pottery caught our eyes. Always on the lookout for local arts and crafts along US Route 89, we stopped to investigate. There appeared to be no one in the store but the door […]

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Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah

US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Temple Square

Historically US 89 wrapped around Temple Square in Salt Lake City as State Street on the west side and North Temple Street on the north. The route has been changed in recent years so if you stay on the marked route you will pass a couple of blocks to the west of the Salt Lake […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Big Rock Candy Mountain

When Harry McClintock wrote the lyrics to Big Rock Candy Mountain, he didn’t have a specific place in mind. His song, first recorded in 1928, is about a hobo’s idea of paradise. Every child who grew up in the 1950s remembers Burl Ives singing the chorus: Oh the buzzin’ of the bees In the cigarette […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Fremont Indian State Park

The people we call the Fremont Indians flourished across north and central Utah and adjacent parts of Colorado, Idaho, and Nevada. Inhabiting that area from about 400 to 1300 AD, they were contemporary with the Ancestral Puebloan people of southern Utah and northern Arizona. The name for the culture comes from the first discovered site […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Sanpitch Dragon

I don’t remember where I first heard about the dragon. It may have been from reading a fading notice on the old Casino Star Theater. It read, “Under the bridge where highway 89 crosses the Sanpitch River, a benevolent dragon resides and gently roars.” I knew I had to see it so we drove up […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Palisade State Park

We discovered Palisade State Park in Utah late one day. We were on our way from Arizona to Glacier National Park in Montana and needed a place to park our teardrop, make dinner and rest up for the next days long drive. I got out the road atlas and looked for a little tent symbol […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Thistle

When the route for a federal highway with the number 89 was first proposed in 1924 it’s southern end was Flagstaff, Arizona, and the northern terminus was Thistle, Utah. However, when I searched a map of Utah, Thistle was nowhere to be found. Therein lies a tale of how the forces of nature created a […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Maynard Dixon Living History Museum

Usually when we see anything related to art on one of our road trips, we stop immediately to investigate, occasionally making dangerous u-turns to get there. We had stopped at the Maynard Dixon Home and Studio in Mt. Carmel, Utah, on several trips only to find we were there on the wrong day or at […]

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US Route 89 Roadside Attraction: Rimrocks Hoodoos

Hoodoos are among the strangest geological formations found on earth. They occur when a thick layer of soft rock is capped by a thin layer of harder rock. As the land erodes, the soft rock washes away faster leaving a thin column protect by a hard rock cap. Nowhere are hoodoos more abundant than in […]

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