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Rancher sells 4500yo pristine Indian sites to Utah

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / June 30, 2004 10:54 PM PDT
Utah Canyon With Ancient Remains Revealed.

Waldo Wilcox, the rancher who sold the land and returned Wednesday, kept the archaeological sites a closely guarded secret for more than 50 years.
"I looked at it like this: I wanted to keep it the way it is," said Wilcox, 74, who moved to Green River and retired. "But when I die, I'm not going to have a lot to say about it. I finally decided I'll take a little money and get out now."

Well done, Mr. Wilcox! Of course, it should have been made a national park, but that's not a priority of the present Administration Sad

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(NT) (NT) Hope they can keep the treasure hunters out
by Diana Forum moderator / June 30, 2004 11:01 PM PDT
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Re: (NT) Hope they can keep the treasure hunters out
by John Robie / July 1, 2004 3:18 AM PDT

Right Diana. There is a caretaker, but they may need a 'Armed Ranch Rider' like some Texas ranchers use to scare off trespassers.

The Yahoo article that Dave referenced didn't publish
all of the AP story by Paul Foy that was published in my newspaper last Friday. Some other info:

"...``I didn't let people go in there to destroy it,'' said Wilcox, whose parents bought the ranch in 1951 and threw up a gate to the rugged canyon. ``The less people know about this, the better.''

Over the years, Wilcox occasionally welcomed archaeologists to inspect part of the canyon, ``but we'd watch 'em.''

Although the University of Utah hired a seasonal caretaker and students from three Utah schools are working the sites this summer, Wilcox worries about looting.

He said he gave up the land on a promise of protection from the San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land, which transferred the ranch to public ownership. He said he asked $4 million for the ranch but settled for $2.5 million, moved to Green River and retired...."

Hmmm... he sold 4200 acres @ $595.24 per acre.

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Re: Rancher sells 4500yo pristine Indian sites to Utah
by C1ay / July 1, 2004 2:06 AM PDT
Of course, it should have been made a national park, but that's not a priority of the present Administration

Are you suggesting that the present administration should sieze or steal this property from the state of Utah and turn it into federal land so they can make it a national park? Shouldn't Utah get a chance to decide what it wants to do with it first?

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Re: Rancher sells 4500yo pristine Indian sites to Utah
by SE Moderators / July 1, 2004 6:49 AM PDT

Hi, Clay.

Though the story didn't say, I'd have been shocked if the conservation group that brokered the deal wouldn't have offered the canyon to the national park Service first. The National Parks Conservation Association has charged Bush with having the worst records wrt the parks since WWII, when there were obviously more important priorities:
Bush says 'phooey' to National Parks. Each year, CBS Sunday Morning's Christmas show features "the gifts we gave ourselves" in terms of new public parks etc; the last two years there were no Federally funded park land acquisitions -- all were deals like this one, where the Nature Conservancy etc. used private funds to purchase land for the Park Service. And don't tell me that's part of the conservative agenda -- it didn't happen under Nixon, Reagan, or Bush the first. That's part of Bush's Philistine agenda.

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Re: Rancher sells 4500yo pristine Indian sites to Utah
by C1ay / July 1, 2004 6:57 AM PDT

I didn't think you'd actually answer the questions I asked...

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Trumpet on................
by Del McMullen / July 1, 2004 7:48 AM PDT

".....That's part of Bush's Philistine agenda....."

Keep us entertained. :^O

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Re: Rancher sells 4500yo pristine Indian sites to Utah
by Del McMullen / July 1, 2004 8:00 AM PDT

....Rancher sells to Utah ?

Recognize your haste to criticize, but is it impossible for you to keep even the simplest of facts straight ?

"..... The San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land bought Wilcox's 4,200-acre ranch for $2.5 million. The conservation group transferred the ranch to the Bureau of Land Management (news - web sites), which turned it over to Utah....." (emphasis mine)

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