Thursday, 15 July 2004
Grog, Gambling, And Dance Halls
CREDIT: © Majed Anani/Go-Utah.com
WHERE: Kanab, Utah. WHAT: touring center for south central Utah.
MAP: Kanab. Thumbnail pops-up source photo page.
In his book Canyon Voyage, Frederick Dellenbaugh, a member of the John Wesley Powell survey expedition, wrote from the 1871-73 headquarters:
"The village which had been started only a year or two was laid out in the characteristic Mormon style, with wide streets and regular lots, fenced by wattling willows between stakes. Irrigation ditches ran down each side of every street. The entire settlement had a thrifty air as is the case with the Mormons. Not a grog-shop or gambling saloon, or dance hall was to be seen; ordinarily the usual disgraceful accompaniments of the frontier town."
By 1922 Tom Mix was able to stride up a street in Kanab, Utah, sometimes called Little Hollywood because of its connections to the film industry, that was lined with fake grog-shops, gambling saloons, and dance halls.
Fortunately (or otherwise, depending on your stance) only dancing was never circumscribed in the town, though Powells's surveyors were able to buy Dixie wine. More recently this pleasant community below the Vermillion Cliffs has developed as a touring center located between the Grand Canyon, Zion Canyon, Lake Powell, Grand Staircase National Monument, and Bryce Canyon.
We visited Go-Utah.com for a Kanab photo gallery with two pages containing twenty four images of visitor attractions in the area around the town. In case, like us, you have problems loading any of the entries, we provide a key:
         
We consulted Jerry L. Schneider at Move Making Locations to find out a little more about the history of film making in Kanab. From his illustrated account we discovered that the former Movie Ranch is now the Best Friends animal sanctuary, which has a statewide reputation for the caring work that they perform.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)