Near Moab in Grand County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
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.
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?"
(Submitted on April 1, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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