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Mysteries and Legends of Utah: True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained (Mysteries and Legends Series Mysteries and Legends)by Michael. O'reilly
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A Dozen Mind-Boggling Tales from the Beehive State
In 1855, Caleb Rhoades accompanied Ute Indians to a sacred burial site in the Uinta Mountains—and there beheld a cave full of gold artifacts. Montezumas treasure? Or relics made by the ancient Lamanites from the Book of Mormon? Will the location of the Lost Rhoades Mine remain a secret for the rest of time?
The element of surprise—and fast horses—allowed Utah native Butch Cassidy and his accomplice to escape from the Castle Gate coal mine on April 21, 1897, with $7,000 in silver, gold, and cash. But, years later, was Bolivia really the last stand for him and the Sundance Kid, as Hollywood would have it?
“Alien” Dave Rosenfeld and other members of the Mutual UFO Network have plenty of out-of-this-world stories to share. Among the questions that arise: Have reptilian aliens infiltrated human society? Was Fort Duchesne the site of a modern-day Roswell incident?
From Jedediah Smiths final moments to persistent rumors of Bigfoot, Mysteries and Legends of Utah makes history fun, pulling the curtain back on some of the the states most fascinating and compelling stories.
Book News Annotation:
A writer and business owner in Salt Lake City, O'Reilly admits that the stories about The Beehive State are not so different from those found in other states of the western US, but there are some as distinctive as the rock formations, the salty lake, and the unique settlement history. He tells 12, among them the Mormon handcart disaster of 1856, the Castle Gate robbery and the fate of Butch Cassidy, the legend of the Josephine de Martinique, the ghosts of Heritage Park, Bigfoot, and UFOs and aliens. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From Jedediah Smith's final moments to persistent rumors of bigfoot, from the rise of an unlikely uranium magnate to the mysterious end of Butch Cassidy, this selection of twelve stories from Utah's past explores some of the Beehive State's most compelling mysteries and debunks some of its most famous myths.
About the Author
Originally from the Detroit, Michigan area, Mike O’Reilly now resides with his wife and one-year-old son in Salt Lake City. A writer, outdoorsman, and business-owner, he holds a Master’s degree in poetry from the University of Utah. This is his first published book.
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction (2) Jedediah Smith: Tough Trapper, Shrewd Businessman, Explorer Extraordinaire (3) The Lost Rhoades Gold Mine, and the Secret of Carre Shinob (4) The Mormon Handcart Disaster of 1856 (5) Tragedy at Mountain Meadows (6) The Castle Gate Robbery and the Fate of Butch Cassidy (7) The Great Utah Manhunt of 1913 (8) The Faithful John Koyle and His Infamous Relief Mine” (9) The Legend of the Josephine de Martinique(10) Charlie Steen and the Moab Uranium Boom (11) The Ghosts of Heritage Park (12) Bigfoot in the Beehive state? (13) UFOs and Aliens in Utah (14) Author Biography
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