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National Geographic Features Utah’s Ancient Past

SALT LAKE CITY  – The ancient swamplands of southern Utah, known today as the arid Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is the topic for “Digging Utah’s Dinosaurs” – a feature article in the May 2014 issue of National Geographic Magazine released this week.

The story traces the footsteps of paleontologists on the hunt for fossils in the “lost continent” of Laramidia, a unique ecosystem being pieced together through fossil records in a remote part of Utah.

“It is very exciting to have National Geographic highlight Utah’s rich landscape,” said Vicki Varela, managing director Utah Office of Tourism. We’re known for our Mighty 5® national parks, but few people know that we’re also home to the world’s most comprehensive record of prehistoric life. Utah’s abundance of easily accessible dinosaur-related sites gives visitors a one-of-a-kind opportunity to take a step back in time and explore firsthand, our state’s ancient past.”

Home to more than 15 different dinosaur-specific sites, including national, monuments, state parks, a prehistoric byway, a world-class state museum of natural history and more than half-a-dozen dinosaur-themed museums, Utah offers the world’s most complete exposed record of geologic activity, providing visitors with a window into past worlds that engage one’s sense of curiosity, imagination and wonder.

Great dinosaur sites to visit in Utah include:

Natural History Museum of Utah at Rio Tinto Center, Salt Lake City

Begin your dinosaur explorations by visiting the Natural History Museum of Utah to see many of Utah’s dinosaur fossils, including those found at the Grand Staircase excavations, currently on display as part of the Museum’s Past Worlds Exhibition located in the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Gallery. Past Worlds features more than 30 ancient skeletal reconstructions, and the world’s only display of 14 Ceratopsian (horned) dinosaur skulls. The Museum aims to connect visitors to Utah’s diverse history by serving as a “trailhead” to explorations of the many ancient wonders throughout the state.

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, southern Utah

Dubbed the “next frontier for paleontologists,” The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is vast and rugged, but with several easy access points off scenic Highway 12. While the excavation sites featured in the National Geographic article are accessible only by professional paleontologists, the Big Water Visitor Center in Escalante provides the best way for amateur paleontologists to begin exploring this remarkable area. 

Dinosaur National Monument, eastern Utah

In 1909, 20 miles east of Vernal, Paleontologist Earl Douglas discovered a 200-foot-long sandbar layered with prehistoric plant and animal fossils. A newly opened quarry visitor center now protects more than 1,500 dinosaur bones left exposed in the sandstone wall. Beyond the quarry, the monument offers trails, tours and activities, which highlight the area’s unique geology, history, wildlife and rugged beauty.

Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry, central Utah

Home to more Jurassic dinosaur bones per square yard than have been found anywhere else in the world, this quarry has unearthed 74 individual dinosaurs, of which 66 percent belong to the meat-eater Allosaurus, Utah’s official state fossil. Since 1928, more than 12,000 bones have been excavated, with several thousand more yet to be uncovered. A recent million-dollar renovation makes these treasures even more accessible. The visitor center houses fossil exhibits, and the quarry shelter features upper and lower observation platforms for close viewing.

USU Eastern Utah Prehistoric Museum, Price

This is the museum that discovered the Utahraptor, Utah’s adopted state dinosaur and unwitting star of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. The museum’s collection contains eight complete skeletons from the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, as well as numerous dinosaur tracks, eggs and other fossils. In addition, the museum currently operates 10 active dinosaur fossil quarries and is a trove of locally dug dinosaur bones.

For more information on visiting Utah’s inhabitants of the distant past, or the Utah Office of Tourism, please visit or call (800) 200-1160.




About Utah

Home to five national parks, The Mighty 5®, 43 state parks, seven national monuments, two national recreation areas and “The Greatest Snow on Earth®,” Utah represents the best of both the Rocky Mountains and the Desert Southwest. Whether it’s heart-thumping downhill skiing, picturesque fly fishing, gravity-defying rock climbing, serene bird watching, thrill-seeking white water rafting or just communing with nature, Utah has it all – holding true to the state’s “Life Elevated®” brand.


Roy Rogers Tribute

On the 100th anniversary of his birth
Miss Lona and Jazz was held Monday, November 7, 2011 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Discussing the careers of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans & their music.

With Special Guest,Lonesome Ron King of the Valley Yodelers

plus an interview with Raymond E. White author of the book:
"King of the Cowboys, Queen of the West: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans"

KMSU Radio 89.7 FM
Mankato, Minnesota

Listen LIVE on the Internet click on "Listen Live"

  • Personal Property of John Wayne
    Highly desirable items from a time capsule of classic Hollywood and U.S. history are becoming available this Thursday and Friday Oct 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, and online.

    This auction caught my attention not only because I’m one of the millions of John Wayne fans, but also because our Family Forest® Project is Networking Family History with Hollywood and U.S. history.

    From my professional perspective, I wondered how many fans and bidders have family ties to John Wayne that they are still unaware of.

    So I ran a Family Forest® kinship report for John Wayne to see how far the Family Forest has networked him through generation-by-generation pathways to his fans. You can see a summary of the results in this PDF report, and maybe spot a few of your own ancestors.

    Does TV host Ellen Degeneres know that she shares ancestors with John Wayne?

    Does radio host Don Imus know that he shares ancestors with John Wayne?

    Does fellow cowboy actor Viggo Mortensen know that he shares ancestors with John Wayne?

    Would some of John Wayne’s contemporaries, like Ernest Hemingway, Winston Churchill, and Marjorie Merriweather Post, have been surprised to discover that they are distant cousins of this towering Hollywood icon?

    Will you be surprised to discover that you share ancestors with Hollywood actors and historical figures?

    The Family Forest® National Treasure Edition is the best digital central source to lead you to both classic Hollywood connections, and U.S. history connections.


Speak out for Mustangs and Burros in Arizona

Join us in Phoenix to represent the last of America's wild horses and burros

The clock is winding down for the BLM's Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board meeting in Phoenix. On March 10 and 11, 2012 (Thursday and Friday), The Cloud Foundation will be in leading the charge, along with friends of wild horses and burros from across the country. We are calling for an immediate halt to all BLM roundups that are destroying the last of America's wild herds at enormous taxpayer expense. We urge you to join us on those two days at the
Phoenix Sheraton Downtown Hotel (340 N. 3rd St). Even if you cannot come to the meeting itself, we urge you to come show your support at one or all of the events below:

Join me, Academy Award-winning author of Dances with Wolves,
Michael Blake; wild horse philanthropist, Madeleine Pickens; R.T. Fitch of Habitat for Horses Advisory Council; Simone Netherlands of Respect4Horses; Laura Leigh of Grassroots Horse and others who will be voicing our support for our wild horses and burros at a Thursday Press Conference, March 10, 2011 11:30 am to 12:30 in the Sheraton's South Mountain Room. The BLM meeting will start at 1 pm.

Attend the candlelight vigil, organized by Garnet Pasquale of
American Wild Horse Advocates and other wild horse and burro supporters, Thursday evening from 7-8pm, or the rally on Friday from 12-2pm (scroll down for a complete list of events).

"Americans need to stand up to save what's left of our wild horses and burros. We no longer have millions. The removal forever of the animals that played a key role in allowing America to be settled by humanity is not only is done with criminality," states
Michael Blake. "The BLM and the Secretary of the Interior should be in court... defending themselves. Stop them now America."

There are only a few hundred wild burros and wild horses left in Arizona, but they are still being targeted for removal. The BLM claims there are over 38,000 wild horses and burros nationally on Western ranges, but an
independent statistical review, using the BLM's own numbers, reveals a population of less than 18,000. The BLM has stockpiled over 40,000 wild horses and burros in costly government holding, leaving millions of their homeland acres empty or devoted to livestock.


Just wanted to let you know that my good friend, Jeff Connors, will be at the High Noon Show and Auction in Mesa next weekend to auction off one of the two rifles his dad, Chuck Connors, used on his TV show, The Rifleman. Jeff also commissioned an Italian gun maker to make a replica which will also be auctioned off that night as well. These are authentic pieces of wonderful Americana, especially for a whole generation of baby boomers!  

 If you are a gun collector or you know of any gun collectors (such as Hank Jr., or the owner of Cimarron Rifles) who might be interested in bidding on these rifles, please let them know about the auction which will be next Saturday night. I'm sure you can phone in bids too so you don't actually have to be there to win one. Would of course make a great addition to most any western museum too.

 This is the High Noon website for more info

 I know Jeff will appreciate any help you can give him on this.

 'll be at High Noon all weekend myself, handing out information about the NDOC, so please stop and say hello if you come to the show.

 Happy Trails and thanks,


 Bethany Braley, Executive Director & Publisher
National Day of the Cowboy Corp 501(c)3

PO Box 25298

Prescott Valley AZ 86312-5298

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive patent for blue jeans

In 1873, San Francisco businessman Levi Strauss and Reno, Nevada, tailor Jacob Davis are given a patent to create work pants reinforced with metal rivets, marking the birth of one of the world's most famous garments: blue jeans.

Born Loeb Strauss in Buttenheim, Bavaria, in 1829, the young Strauss immigrated to New York with his family in 1847 after the death of his father. By 1850, Loeb had changed his name to Levi and was working in the family dry goods business, J. Strauss Brother & Co. In early 1853, Levi Strauss went west to seek his fortune during the heady days of the Gold Rush.

In San Francisco, Strauss established a wholesale dry goods business under his own name and worked as the West Coast representative of his family's firm. His new business imported clothing, fabric and other dry goods to sell in the small stores opening all over California and other Western states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold miners and other settlers. By 1866, Strauss had moved his company to expanded headquarters and was a well-known businessman and supporter of the Jewish community in San Francisco.

Jacob Davis, a tailor in Reno, Nevada, was one of Levi Strauss' regular customers. In 1872, he wrote a letter to Strauss about his method of making work pants with metal rivets on the stress points--at the corners of the pockets and the base of the button fly--to make them stronger. As Davis didn't have the money for the necessary paperwork, he suggested that Strauss provide the funds and that the two men get the patent together. Strauss agreed enthusiastically, and the patent for "Improvement in Fastening Pocket-Openings"--the innovation that would produce blue jeans as we know them--was granted to both men on May 20, 1873.

Strauss brought Davis to San Francisco to oversee the first manufacturing facility for "waist overalls," as the original jeans were known. At first they employed seamstresses working out of their homes, but by the 1880s, Strauss had opened his own factory. The famous 501 brand jean--known until 1890 as "XX"--was soon a bestseller, and the company grew quickly. By the 1920s, Levi's denim waist overalls were the top-selling men's work pant in the United States. As decades passed, the craze only grew, and now blue jeans are worn by men and women, young and old, around the world.

Victory is won not in miles, but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.— Louis L’Amour

Western Coen Brothers Style with Classic John Wayne "True Grit" Remake 
We read in the New York Times that the Coen brothers' are working on a remake of "True Grit"  "True Grit" is scheduled to hit theaters at the end of this year, on December 25.

This is great news for western aficionados wanting westerns introduced to another generation who seem more preoccupied in the science fiction and fantasy of the future than the history of their ancestors past. Coens are capable of making a film the next generation will embrace and maybe open the door a crack for more westerns.

Jeff Bridges reunites with the Coens, taking the Rooster Cogburn role that was previously made famous by screen legend John Wayne. Also cast are Matt Damon and Josh Brolin, as Cogburn sidekick La Boeuf and main villain Tom Chaney, respectively. An  unknown actress, Hailee Stanfield. 13-years-old, has been cast for the character of Mattie Ross.

"True Grit" is the story of Mattie Ross, a teenage girl who convinces Cogburn to help her find justice for the murder of her father at the hands of Chaney. Also investigating the crime is Damon's character, a Texas Ranger, whose idea of justice is more within the bounds of U.S. law than Ross and Cogburn's.

If you have never seen the original John Wayne "True Grit" movie, pick it up at BlockBluster or in the discount bin at Wal-Mart. It's a classic worth viewing over and over again.  

Reenactor Guild of America Apr 30-May 2 Jean NV Gold Strike Hotel
Head for Jean NV From April 30th to May 2nd, 2010. Join us for three fun filled days of re-living the "Old West" as you walk the streets of the Tent City and see Artisans, Mountain Men, Gunfighters, Indians, Civil War Soldiers, Gold Miners and more as they live the life of the 1800's. Join in the Fast Draw contest and test your skills against the best with a gun! Fun for all ages that doesn't stop when the sun sets. The Gold Strike Hotel and Gambling Hall is open 24/7 to entertain you at the greatest event of the year in Jean, NV!

That’s right The Reenactment Guild of America presents the 2010 Grand National Competition at the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall. Welcome to everyone, the first Southwest gathering of the “Old West“; Jean Nevada Style.

This event holds the promise that the streets of Old Jean, Nevada will have you stepping back to days long passed. Gunfighters, Chuck Wagons, Living History Encampments include Mountain Men, Native Americans…. Teepees’ and all.

Mark Everett Guardians of the Grain CD Review

by LeeAnn Sharpe  

“Guardians of the Grain” by Mark Everett hit the market this month with 12 of the most delicious new tracks you could ever hear. Everett’s beautifully deep resonating voice brings life to articulately crafted lyrics telling stories in these ballads. Those with a love for history and bygone years will enjoy his nostalgic lines. Danceable and catchy, you will find yourself singing along in no time. He engages a theme of longing for the kinder gentler world of the past and offering hope for the future.  Story Continues  





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