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Near Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Hole N” The Rock, Utah

 
 
Hole N” The Rock, Utah Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 15, 2007
1. Hole N” The Rock, Utah Marker
Inscription.  This location has been a travelers’ resting place for two centuries. Beginning in 1829, horse teams on the Old Spanish Trail between Santa Fe and California stopped here for the abundant spring water and shade. After the settlement of Mormon Pioneers, stage coaches traveling between Moab and Monticello stayed here overnight.

Early in the 20th century, the Christensen family of Monticello homesteaded 80 acres here. They blasted out a small cave in the rock where cowboys camped as they drove their stock toward the Colorado River. In 1945, brothers Leo and Albert Christensen expanded the cave and opened “American’s most unique dining room.” The Hole N” The Rock Diner was a watering hole for uranium miners and car tourists until 1955.

The Christensens continued to excavate the cave until it reached its current size of 5000 square feet. Take a ten-minute guided tour of this unique and spectacular 14-room home as millions have done since 1957.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Natural FeaturesNotable Buildings
Hole N” The Rock, Utah image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 15, 2007
2. Hole N” The Rock, Utah
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. In addition, it is included in the Old Spanish National Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 38° 23.443′ N, 109° 27.26′ W. Marker is near Monticello, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 191. The marker is 12 miles south of Moab Utah. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11037 US-191, Monticello UT 84535, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Spanish Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Wilson Arch (approx. 9.2 miles away); Historic La Sal Post Office (approx. 12.3 miles away); Star Hall (approx. 13.6 miles away); Star Hall History (approx. 13.6 miles away); The Old Log Cabin (approx. 13.6 miles away); Moab L.D.S. Church (approx. 13.6 miles away); Early L.D.S. Church (approx. 13.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Monticello.
 
Hole N” The Rock-Residence image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 15, 2007
3. Hole N” The Rock-Residence
Note Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial-Created and Sculptured by Albert L. Christensen carved in the rock formation.
Hole N” The Rock-Jail cell image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 15, 2007
4. Hole N” The Rock-Jail cell
Hole N” The Rock-Spiritual Garden image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, September 15, 2007
5. Hole N” The Rock-Spiritual Garden
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on February 12, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 480 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 12, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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Nov. 27, 2022