Giants of San Juan
The Sitton brothers: From rags to riches
Noel, Fendoll and George Sitton arrived on the Colorado Plateau in the early part of the 20th Century. They came hoping to escape the poverty of their Missouri boyhoods and had high hopes of making...
Mar 30, 2011
Jane McKechnie Walton: Early pioneer martyr
Jane Walton was the beloved wife of Charles E. Walton, who was one of the four founding fathers of Monticello. Her life and tragic death are legendary in San Juan today. She was the first person bu...
Mar 23, 2011
Leslie (Les) Young: Cowboy pioneer of San Juan
Leslie Young was a colorful cowboy who lived in Monticello for 36 years and was well known and admired by his peers. He arrived as an eight-year-old boy who had just lost his father (Alma) in a ter...
Feb 09, 2011
Nephi Bailey: Early Monticello stalwart
In May of 1880, Nephi Bailey, his young wife and three children arrived in Bluff just months after the Hole-in-the Rock pioneers had settled there. They had left a comfortable life in Cedar City an...
Jan 12, 2011
William Morley Black: Father of thousands
William Morley Black is somewhat of an enigma for our purposes in this series. On the one hand, he only lived in San Juan County for a little over two years, which would normally eliminate him from...
Feb 10, 2010