A compilation of historical feature stories published in St. George News and appearing in print with its permission, Red Rock Recollections, Volume 1: Fascinating Stories of Utah’s Dixie presents brief histories about Washington County, Utah’s most fascinating places, from the Hurricane Canal to the Brigham Young Winter Home to the Zion Tunnel. The stories take the reader on a rewarding journey that will help them visualize the interesting history of these locations before or after visiting. Visitors might not even find some of the information contained in the book while visiting the sites as the stories are told from a different angle that most readers didn’t know about previously. The book would be a great companion for anyone exploring the southwestern corner of the Beehive State.
A Southern Utah native who grew up in Bountiful, Utah, Reuben Wadsworth is a national parks, Italy and history aficionado.
He is an Aggie through and through, having graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s in journalism. While there, he served first as a sports writer and then as assistant sports editor for The Utah Statesman.
While his day job is a middle school English teacher at Hurricane Middle School, he just couldn't leave journalism behind and started as a contributing writer at St. George News in 2013.
He holds a Master’s degree in history from UNLV where he wrote his thesis on the history of the Zion National Park shuttle system. He moonlights as an adjunct history instructor at Dixie State University.
His favorite food is Pizza Napoletana and anything that includes dark chocolate.
When not teaching, grading or writing articles, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three spunky daughters by enjoying the unparalleled scenery and outdoor recreation southern Utah has to offer, playing a game, or watching the current television show on which his family is hooked.
The author brings to life local tales and vivid scenes of long ago that had me wanting to pack up the car and point it west immediately, especially this time of year, for the Halloween activities at the Staheli Farm and Western Legacy Farm and Ranch.
In fact, I'm pretty sure we'll be doing just that very soon while being sure to hit all of the spots mentioned in this Volume.
I'm looking forward to Volume II and more compelling recollections!
This guide was purchased to be a guide for a family vacation. Because of crazy circumstances the trip was postponed and the book turned out to be reading while staying safe at home. Interesting stories and hopefully the guide can be used in the future.
The author brings even more of the west to life than he did in Volume One with more local tales, rich in history, and a plethora of vivid scenes. I more than enjoyed learning so much about an area of the U.S. that I plan to visit again and again, and all because I can't wait to see everything Reuben has painted for my mind's eye in vivid 3D!