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

The Co-op Store

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, May 18, 2016
1. The Co-op Store Marker
Inscription.  The community's co-op store was located in the northeast corner of the fort. This cooperative venture, which provided a means for buying, selling and trading, became very successful. The Navajos and Utes also frequented the store, trading their wool, pelts and woven goods. Near the turn of the century, the log structure was replaced with a two-story building. The upper floor of the new store was used as the community's dance hall. In 1925, a bank robber, alias Fred Starr, used too many sticks of dynamite when attempting to open the safe. That caused the demise of both the co-op and Fred Starr.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location. 37° 17.035′ N, 109° 33.159′ W. Marker is in Bluff, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on the grounds of the Bluff Fort Historic Site. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 550 East Black Locust Avenue, Bluff UT 84512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Josephine Catherine Chatterley Wood (a few steps from this marker); Parley R. & Ency Camilla (Bayles) Butt
The Co-op Store Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 18, 2016
2. The Co-op Store Marker
A replica of the Co-op store, in the background, was completed in 2013 and serves as the Visitors Center and Gift Shop. Admission is free.
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(within shouting distance of this marker); Replica of the Bluff Meetinghouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barton's Well (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Kumen Jones Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Amasa Barton's Blacksmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jens House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluff.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 4, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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