The Weird West

Posted by on June 16, 2014 at 8:45 pm :: No Comments

People envision a lot of weird things when they think of Utah, such as dirty old men that accumulate wives like I accumulate shoes. While Utah is not the polygamist paradise of imaginings or much like what most outsiders picture in many other regards, it does contain a lot of secluded locations with distinctive flavors worth a second take…or a double take.

Since I started attending photography classes last year, I have documented, via snapshot, a few of Utah’s strange habitats and unique quirks as I’ve come across them. Although I’m sure that this photographing will continue as I find more wacky spots, allow me to share some of the uncommonness, and bizarreness, that I’ve found within Utah’s borders thus far.

Elberta, a tiny town on the far side of Utah Lake, is a real throwback down to its vintage gas station.

Elberta, a tiny town on the far side of Utah Lake, is a real throwback down to its vintage gas station.

This shoe tree can be found out in the desert near Delta.

This shoe tree can be found out in the desert near Delta.

Delta's shoe tree is covered in everything from ski boots to Converse sneakers.

Delta’s shoe tree is covered in everything from ski boots to Converse sneakers.

Antelope Island, on the Great Salt Lake, is home to a herd of bison.

Antelope Island, on the Great Salt Lake, is home to a herd of bison.

These Antelope Island bison weren't particularly eager for human contact but they weren't too shy either.

These Antelope Island bison weren’t particularly eager for human contact but they weren’t too shy either.

We journeyed onto the Great Salt Lake via Farmington Bay last January. Talk about some serious oddballs! Spheres of puffy snow rumpled the lake's surface and dumbfounded us.

We journeyed onto the Great Salt Lake via Farmington Bay last January. Talk about some serious oddballs! Spheres of puffy snow rumpled the lake’s surface and dumbfounded us.

The Great Salt Lake doesn't freeze in winter due to its salinity but its surface ices enough for current rivers to emerge.

The Great Salt Lake doesn’t freeze in winter due to its salinity but its surface ices enough for current rivers to emerge.

The snow near the Great Salt Lake crystallizes peculiarly. Is it the presence of sodium chloride or could it be Metachlorians? You got me.

The snow near the Great Salt Lake crystallizes peculiarly. Is it the presence of sodium chloride or could it be Metachlorians? You got me.

The town of Thistle was wiped out in a landslide in 1983, the most costly landslide in U.S. history. This house has remained submerged in that ghost town's muck ever since.

The town of Thistle was wiped out in a landslide in 1983, the most costly landslide in U.S. history. This house has remained submerged in that ghost town’s muck ever since.

These bits of deteriorating stone and rotting wood are all that remain of the Thistle schoolhouse after 30 years of abandonment. It was one of the few buildings left standing when 65,000 acre-feet of water flooded the town in '83.

These bits of deteriorating stone and rotting wood are all that remain of the Thistle schoolhouse after 30 years of abandonment. It was one of the few buildings left standing when 65,000 acre-feet of water flooded the town in ’83.

Technically, I came across this conglomeration of signs just beyond Utah's boundaries but, in my opinion, it was close enough.

Technically, I came across this conglomeration of signs just beyond Utah’s boundaries but, in my opinion, it was close enough.

Yes, Utah’s got some weirdness but who’d want to live in a state devoid of eccentricity and headshake-worthy places?

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