A Landing a Day

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Marysvale, Utah

Posted by graywacke on February 8, 2010

First timer?  In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  I’m kind of stuck in the 152’s (11 of the last 12 scores have been there).  I’m at the upper bound of that range today, after landing in . . . UT; 67/51; 4/10; 2; 152.9.  Here’s my landing map, showing that I landed in a mountainous region (check out all the peaks over 11,000 feet); the only nearby town is Marysvale:

Here’s a broader view:

I landed in the Beaver Ck watershed (my 33rd stream name with “beaver” in it; more specifically, my 24th Beaver Ck); on to the Sevier R (9th hit), which is internally-drained.

Here’s an oblique GE shot (looking east), showing that I landed in dramatic mountain country:

Here’s another oblique GE shot, looking west past Marysvale toward my landing.

From OnlineUtah.com:

Marysvale was originally settled in 1863, later abandoned because of Indian troubles, and then resettled again. There are several claims for the name source.

(1) It was named by a group of Catholic miners for the Virgin Mary.

(2) Parley P. Pratt named it Merryville when he passed through in 1849 because of the beautiful surroundings. The name was supposedly later changed to Marysvale.

(3) Brigham Young named the settlement for his wife Mary.

(4) The settlement was named Merry Valley or Merry Vale when Brigham Young and his party camped there when they were traveling through the area on visits to local settlements. During their visit, they enjoyed an evening of relaxation and stag dancing. Stag dancing was common during this time because men were the predominate members of traveling groups.

Wow.  I’m not going to touch “stag dancing” with a 10-foot pole . . .

Three out of four of the above have to do with Mormons (P. P. Pratt was a rather well-known Mormon who, it turns out, was murdered by the ex-husband of one of his wives . . .)   Anyway,  given the Utah Mormon connection, I doubt that the “Virgin Mary” explanation has much traction . . .

This’ll just be a quickie photo-log.  I’ll start with this shot looking down the Beaver Creek valley:

Here are some mountain shots within a couple of miles of my landing:

That’ll do it.



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