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October 14, 2019

The canyon didn’t have a name for itself, but some of the humans who drank from its waters called it So'ho-gwa.

It wasn’t just humans. Cougars and kangaroo rats and dragonflies, tarantulas and junipers, and cottonwoods and others drank there too. So it had been for so l...

October 14, 2019

I grew up playing in Red Butte Creek and its neighboring waterways. I planted trees within Red Butte Garden and still find solace on the nearby Bonneville Shoreline Trail that marks the shoreline of the ancient Lake Bonneville that once covered this valley. In my short...

October 14, 2019

Deep within the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, bronze figures line the rows of storage shelves. The archives are sealed, climate controlled, and only visible by appointment. Next to miniature casts of Ute men rest statues of cowboys mounted atop bucking horses. The two figu...

October 14, 2019

The foundations that dig into the steep hillside and the pipes that weave underground passages merely scratch the surface of the faulted landscape underlying the University of Utah. The campus is a façade. Here, a short history of colonial time stretching back less tha...

October 14, 2019

The place that draws me is a concrete circle, a kind of pedestrian roundabout, in the center of the College of Engineering (COE) campus. From the circle, Merrill Engineering Building stands to the north, the hulk of the Warnock Building to the east, the Meldrum Civil E...

October 14, 2019

Needing a break from studying, I leave the Environmental Humanities building on the University of Utah campus and begin walking towards the hills and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. I cross roads and parking lots, and pass students slack-lining between the trees that s...

October 14, 2019

A few years ago I sat shotgun in a realtor’s car, agonized to leave my mid-city home. Children grown. Hot August. House after unpromising house. We took a chance and drove south. Somewhere within the perplexing tangle of Highland Drive, 700 East, and Van Winkle, we Sir...

October 14, 2019

Take a road trip out West, and you’re likely to catch sight of a giant letter on a hill. To native Westerners, these hillside letters hardly merit a second look. For East Coast transplants like myself, they pique more curiosity. The first letter I encountered was a big...

October 14, 2019

Quarry House is all walls and rafters—no roof, doors, or windowpanes. Concrete crumbles along edges and in corners. Iron hinges cling to rotting wood frames, swinging easily at the slightest touch. There are missing sandstone bricks, like lost puzzle pieces, in places...

October 14, 2019

Engagement with place always forms the bedrock of Wallace Stegner’s books. In his two autobiographical novels, the huge The Big Rock Candy Mountain (1943) and its contemplative sequel, Recapitulation (1979), he follows his alter-ego Bruce Mason through a fictional vers...

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