Utah - Great Ranches of the West

La Sal Cattle Co – UT. Great Ranches of the West

“John Hardison Redd freed his slaves in 1850 and moved from his Tennessee plantation to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah. His son, Lemuel, married two wives and eventually had twenty children. He left both families in the town of New Harmoney and joined a Mormon mission group traveling to establish a community called Bluff. […]

Chew Ranch – UT. Great Ranches of the West

“The story goes that Jack fell in love with a young lady whose brother had promised her to a polygamist. However, Jack secretly married her, angering the brothers so much that they plotted to kidnap the new bride. They decided to frame Jack for stealing a cow – which he didn’t do. He was arrested […]

Chew Ranch – UT. Great Ranches of the West

“The Chew Ranch headquarters, straddling Utah’s Green River near the Dinosaur National Monument, found its humble beginnings in a Mormon caravan. In 1865, thirteen-year-old Jack Chew and his family joined 29 other families in a journey from Iowa to Salt Lake City. These Mormon travelers all pulled handcarts containing provisions and belongings. The carts had […]

La Sal Cattle Co – UT. Great Ranches of the West

“My journey to Utah’s Redd Ranch takes place the day before Thanksgiving. The drive northward through Monument Valley and along the edge of Canyonlands National Park takes my breath away. These kinds of spectacular views don’t encourage a photographer to be in a hurry. In fact, the landforms are so amazing that I have to […]