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Before It Was A National Park....

Gifford Homestead Barn, Capitol Reef National Park, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Kurt Repanshek
Monday, May 24, 2010

Long before Capitol Reef National Park came into being, the area was homesteaded by Mormon families. Against a backdrop of redrock cliffs and along the Fremont River the homesteaders raised fruit and nut crops that they would sell in surrounding towns and communities.

Today you can stroll through the orchards and view many of the historic buildings -- such as this barn at the Gifford Homestead.

Hey I know that place!

So sorry I missed your visit. It was my day off and I was somewhere on the Chimney Rock trail!

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