Bird's Eye View: Aerial Photos of the Moab Area, 1939-1976
These photos, taken from airplanes over a period of nearly four decades on either side of Moab's main growth period, show the changes in the town and the surrounding landscape.
Fran and Terby Barnes Gallery at the Museum
New for 2015!
Dinosaur Tracks of Moab Paleontology Tours
On this day-long tour from the heart of Moab, Utah, we will visit the best of the best for tracks left by dinosaurs in the red rock canyon country of eastern Utah. We will visit some of the most spectacular of Moab's many dinosaur footprint sites of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, seeing tracks left by carnivorous and herbivorous giants on ancient lakeshores, river sandbars and in inter-dune oases! Bring a camera and be prepared to walk where dinosaurs roamed millions of years ago, all amid the spectacular scenery eastern Utah.
Dates: May 29, June 26, July 31, August 28
$125 per participant - includes lunch, transportation from Museum of Moab to all sites, handouts and tour by a professional paleontologist
Note: This is a partnership tour with Canyonlands Field Institute and the Museum of Western Colorado. Tour participants meet at Museum of Moab, 118 East Center St., Moab, UT 84532, at 8:30 am.
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Mi Vida Mine Marker
An official monument on the highway near near Moab, Utah, to note the location of the Mi Vida mine, and the legacy of the uranium boom
Southern Utah was profoundly affected by the early Cold War and by the government’s need to develop a domestic supply of uranium. The Colorado Plateau has one the richest deposits of the element anywhere in the world and – inspired by federal bonuses and a sense of patriotism – thousands of amateur prospectors from around the United States resettled in the vicinity of Moab in an attempt to develop new mines in the early 1950s. One of these men got extremely lucky: 31-year-old geologist Charlie Steen found a vein of uranium at a place he called Mi Vida. The discovery received lavish international press coverage and inspired even more to join the hunt. The mining was occasionally reckless and without meaningful safety protocols. At least six hundred miners suffered disease and early death because of the radioactivity.
Surprisingly, there is no monument anywhere in Utah to commemorate this significant chapter in state history. A committee of residents is seeking to change that. Funds are now being raised to erect a permanent iron marker on state school trust land near the Lisbon Valley ridge on the eastern side of U.S. 191, about seven miles away from the site of the mine but visible to traffic on the federal highway.
The monument will commemorate and honor the entire uranium legacy – both positive and negative -- in Southern Utah and not merely Mi Vida. It is only appropriate that it stand near the spot in the red rock country that triggered such a transformative era, which is all-too-invisible today to the casual visitor.
Donations for the project may be mailed to the Museum of Moab, 118 East Center St., Moab, UT 84532. Checks should note "Mi Vida Marker" in the notation line.