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Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Wolfe Ranch

 
 
Wolfe Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
1. Wolfe Ranch Marker
There are two inset pictures on the marker: (1) John Wesley Wolfe, and (2) Esther and Ferol Stanley (John Wolfe's grandchildren) with their pet burro.
Inscription.
John Wesley Wolfe settled here in the late 1800s with his oldest son Fred. A nagging leg injury from the Civil War prompted John to move west from Ohio, looking for a drier climate. He chose this tract of more than 100 acres along Salt Wash for its water and grassland – enough for a few cattle.

The Wolfes built a one-room cabin, a corral, and a small dam across Salt Wash. For more than a decade they lived alone on the remote ranch.

In 1906, John’s daughter Flora Stanley, her husband, and their children moved to the ranch. Shocked at the primitive conditions, Flora convinced her father to build a new cabin with a wood floor – the cabin you see today.

The reunited family weathered a few more years in Utah and in 1910 returned to Ohio. John Wolfe died on October 22, 1913, in Etna, Ohio, at the age of eighty four.

inset picture and text: John Wesley Wolfe
John Wesley Wolfe (right) and his family cared for this place for more than a decade. You can help preserve it by looking and thinking about the character of the original caretakers. Please do not touch the walls, do not enter the buildings, and do not leave marks or graffiti on the walls. Because of its importance in local history, this site has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


inset
John Wesley Wolfe (<i>inset picture and text</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
2. John Wesley Wolfe (inset picture and text)
picture: Esther and Ferol Stanley

Esther and Ferol Stanley, with their pet burro, in front of the cabin on Grandpa Wolfe’s ranch, 1907.

 
Location. 38° 44.159′ N, 109° 31.197′ W. Marker is near Moab, Utah, in Grand County. Click for map. The Wolfe Ranch and it's marker are located near the beginning of the Delicate Arch Trail in Arches National Park. The marker cannot be seen from the road; it can only be accessed by foot. The Ranch is a short distance from the Delicate Arch trailhead parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Moab UT 84532, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Balanced Rock (approx. 3.4 miles away); Moab Utah UMTRA Project (approx. 10.2 miles away); Grand Old Ranch House (approx. 10.2 miles away); Dalton Wells (approx. 10.2 miles away); Elk Mountain Mission (approx. 11.3 miles away); Early L.D.S. Church (approx. 11.3 miles away); Moab L.D.S. Church (approx. 11.3 miles away); The Old Log Cabin (approx. 11.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Moab.
 
Also see . . .  Wolfe Ranch - Arches National Park. This humble, one-room cabin sits near the present-day trailhead for the hike to Delicate Arch. Visitors regularly peer through the doorway and wonder aloud, "Who lived here... and how?... And why?"

Esther and Ferol Stanley (<i>inset picture</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
3. Esther and Ferol Stanley (inset picture)
In 1898, a nagging leg injury from the Civil War prompted 69-year-old John Wesley Wolfe to leave his home in Ohio and seek a drier climate. He brought his oldest son, Fred, with him out west, and the two settled a 100+-acre property along Salt Wash, just north of the sleepy little village of Moab. The property had fresh water, enough grassland to feed a few head of cattle, and plenty of peace and quiet. For nearly a decade, they lived and worked alone on the remote "Bar DX" ranch. (Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Remnants of the Past image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
4. Remnants of the Past
A short walk up the trail brings you to the Wolfe Cabin. John Wesley Wolf and his son Fred settled on the banks of Salt Wash around 1898. Drawn by the climate, which was drier and “healthier” than their previous home in Ohio, John and Fred spent more than a decade leading lives of solitude and hard work.
Beyond the cabin you can see rock art created by the Ute people depicting a hunting scene with riders on horseback from around the 1700s.
While the human story goes back thousands of years, the geologic story reaches much further. The remnant of rock born about 150 million years ago currently known as Delicate Arch, serves as most travelers’ destination. Surrounded by sky and pierced by nature, Delicate Arch stands as an iconic image of Arches National park.
Wolfe Ranch beyond Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
5. Wolfe Ranch beyond Marker (wide view)
Wolfe Cabin c1906 (<i>front view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
6. Wolfe Cabin c1906 (front view)
Wolfe Cabin c1906 (<i>back view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
7. Wolfe Cabin c1906 (back view)
Wolfe Ranch Corral (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
8. Wolfe Ranch Corral (wide view)
Corral is on the left; cabin is on the right.
Wolfe Ranch Corral (<i>inside view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
9. Wolfe Ranch Corral (inside view)
Wolfe Ranch Salt Wash Foot Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
10. Wolfe Ranch Salt Wash Foot Bridge
The Delicate Arch trail crosses John Wolfe's Salt Wash on this foot bridge just beyond the cabin.
Salt Wash image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
11. Salt Wash
Delicate Arch Trail Map image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 14, 2013
12. Delicate Arch Trail Map
This moderately strenuous trail begins near the Wolfe Ranch cabin, crosses a bridge over Salt Wash, and continues up the long stretch of open slickrock to Delicate Arch. The trail also winds through an area full of chert – a hard, shiny rock used by Native Americans for tools and weapons – and around a short ledge, hugging a steep cliff.
 
 
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