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  • Public Invited to Bluff Co-op / Visitor Center Celebration, Dedication October 11-12, 2013
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    Published - 10/10/13 - 09:52 AM | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    Bluff Fort Monument. Lamont Crabtree photo
    Bluff Fort Monument. Lamont Crabtree photo
    (BLUFF, Utah) - Resident and visitors are invited to explore the newly re-created Bluff Co-op Store and Visitor Center in San Juan County this weekend. Friday night’s dinner includes live entertainment at 6pm with Navajo tacos and dancing in the upstairs Gallery at 8pm.

    Saturday morning events includes a Pioneer breakfast followed by the Dedication at 10:30 a.m. followed by a mini pageant at Bluff Fort.

    About the Bluff Co-Op Visitor Center

    The 40‘x60’ 2 story dormered building was completed in 1899 when the residents of Bluff held their first Holiday Dance, according to Jens Neilson, first Bishop of Bluff. In 1925, a newly hired employee, placed sticks of dynamite next to the safe and then stayed to watch it go off. July 19, 1925 was the demise of the store and Fred Starr as well.

    The new Bluff building houses a state of the art audio visual presentation chronicling the site’s history and turn of the century Co-op general store. In the new layout, visitors move through 3 rooms to learn the history about the Hole in the Rock Expedition using video, surround sound and great film projection.

    “Bluff’s new center allows visitors to learn the rich history of the Mormon’s Hole in the Rock passage through an interactive experience, said Grant Taylor, Hole in the Rock Board Member, “We feel the centers’ face lift will preserve the past while adding modern conveniences for our growing audience.”

    The Bluff Hole in the Rock Board would like to acknowledge the following contributions which made the Center’s renovation a reality; Dick Jacobs, retired LDS Audio Specialist, engineered the center’s audio visual equipment, Jack Powers, Historic Restorationist, built the cabinetry for the general store’s historic look, Gary Cook, retired LDS Church Script writer, put together the narrative for the new audio visual experience and many others shared their time and talents.

    About Historic Bluff, Utah

    Bluff, Utah lies nestled between dramatic 300-foot sandstone cliffs and the San Juan River. Bluff City was established in 1880 by a group of Mormon pioneers called to colonize the San Juan River area of southeastern Utah. The Bluff settlers had to accomplish an arduous 180-mile, five-month long winter trek through the rugged country of southeastern Utah which became known as the Hole in the Rock Trail. In addition to the site’s history, visitors will see two famous rock formations; Locomotive Rock and Twin Rocks on either side of the bluffs. Locomotive Rock is named as such because of its similarity to a locomotive train and Twin Rocks symbolize the Navajo Twins of the Navajo creation tradition.

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