Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Lunch Bunch at the Gallivan Center

The Lunch Bunch at the Gallivan Center attracted me last Friday.  They have an area at the Gallivan that they set up for people to come into and sit in the shade and eat their lunch.

The Center also brings in entertainment for the lunch crowd.  

There is a pavilion set up for a stage and they have all the sound equipment to use for performances.

I decided to go Friday because my son was playing for the Lunch Bunch and the ensemble he has organized was playing also, and so we went.

They played for a little over an hour and the people in the audience would come and go as the time allowed.  It was very pleasant and the Gallivan Center is a very nice venue and it makes a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of work for a few minutes.  Click on photo below for more photos.
Lunch Bunch at Gallivan Center
The ensemble members are on guitars:  Swede Larson, Chase Steffanson, John Cedarquist, Gabino Flores; and Natalia Zhuravlova plays the cello.

Swede has undertaken a good sized recording project and for those who are interested the status of the recordings are being tracked on his website, www.swedesguitar.com, along with music clips and albums that can be downloaded.  

It proved to be a very pleasant experience with the Lunch Bunch at the Gallivan Center.   

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Murray City Cemetery - Half Way Camp

I was born and raised in Murray, Utah, as was my dad and the whole Larson family.  My mother was born and raised in an area called Brinton or Cottonwood, which was just east of Murray.  Today that area is right where the border between Holladay and Cottonwood Heights comes together.

It was just natural that my mother and father were buried in the Murray City Cemetery along with most of the other Larsons and a number of my mother's family.  As a result I visit there quite often to take flowers and such.

One thing I had never realized though was that the area where the Murray City Cemetery sits was the Half Way Camp for the teams and teamsters hauling the granite from the quarries in Little Cottonwood Canyon to the Temple site in Salt Lake where the Temple was being built.

One of the tasks in the construction of the Temple was getting the granite blocks from the quarries to the construction site where they could be cut to size and smoothed.

For the first 15+ years of construction hauling the granite was a monumental project and even though alternatives were tried, like a canal to float the granite to the site, nothing proved workable until the railroad was finally here and able to transport the granite to the construction site.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Undaunted, Bluff's Settlers

Bluff is a small town that sits in the Southeast corner of Utah, right on the San Juan River.  Bluff is a town of less than 300 people and Bluff along with Blanding and Montezuma Creek and that area was initially settled by a group of Mormon pioneers.

These first settlers were called from the areas around Cedar City and Escalante and Parowan and surrounding, the more settled areas to the west and north.  They were called to make that trek and establish settlements in the Bluff and Montezuma Creek locales.

At the time they began their travels this area was very wild country.  The only people in that part of the country were some Indians and Outlaws that used the area to hide and get lost in.

Church leaders hoped that by establishing new settlements in these areas it would quell the rustling and the problems that were being experienced by the northern and western settlements and stop the outlaws from using the areas for hideouts or at least diminish the problems.

The journey of those pioneers is a story of unbelievable courage and endurance crossing some of the wildest and roughest terrain anywhere in this country.  A journey that was supposed to take 6 weeks ended up taking 6 months.

Even today that area of the State of Utah is a very remote and primitive area.  Gerald N. Lund the author of the The Work and the Glory series of books has authored a new book that is on the market right now entitled 'The Undaunted' and it tells the story of these stalwart individuals and their unbelievable struggles in completing the journey.

Like The Work and the Glory the story is told through the interaction of two fictional families who are part of the group and who participate in the journey.  The story is very compelling and engaging.  Gerald N Lund is a fantastic story teller, but it must also be remembered that the events, the hardships, the harrowing experiences were real and they actually happened to real people.

Those individuals who made that journey experienced a gauntlet of wild country, shear rock walls and canyons that could test even the hardest of mountain men, but these were families, husbands, wives, and children of all ages, even one born on the trek.

I have to say that 'The Undaunted' is a must read!