Fruita, Utah - in Capitol Reef National Park

Fruita, Utah in Capitol Reef National Park
--- Prior to Mormon settlement in this remote part of southern Utah, the land was home to the Fremont People and remnants of their lives here are still evident, particularly through petroglyphs (rock carvings) that exist from roughly 600 A.D.  In the 1880s, Mormon church leadership encouraged the settlement of faraway regions of Utah to secure them.  Fruita fit the bill and settlers took advantage of the long growing season by planting hundreds of fruit trees (Jonathan, Rome Beauty, Ben Davis, Red Astrachan, Twenty-Ounce Pippin and Yellow Transparent apples, Morpark apricots, Elberta peaches, Bartlett pears, cherries, Fellenburg plums, and the Potawatomi plum).  This area was devoid of paved roads until the mid 1960s.  It is still not "easy" to get to Capitol Reef National Park, but its stunning ruggedness and red sandstone cliffs  are more than worth the effort.

History on the Move V will visit Capitol Reef and Fruita during the time when the fruit trees are in bloom.  Get ready!

[Fruita is also where Dr. C. gets his very favorite cherry butter.]

-- R. Carriker
Freemont Petrogylphs (approximately 1,000 years old)  in Capitol Reef National Park.

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