William Spry

William Spry was born in Windsor, England in 1864. His father, Philip Spy, a tailor, and his mother, Sarah Townsend, were converted to Mormonism and in 1875 the family emigrated to America.

Spry worked as a rancher and on the railroad before becoming a tax collector. A member of the Republican Party, Spry, represented Tooele in the state legislature (1903-05) and served as U.S. marshall for Utah in 1906.

In 1908 Spry was elected as governor of Utah. While in power he created a state road commission and authorized the construction of the National Guard armory and the State Capitol building.

Re-elected in 1912, Spry passed a measure that gave husbands and women living together, joint and equal custidy of their children. Spry also developed a reputation for being hostile to the emerging trade union movement and was reported as saying that he intended to "stop street speaking" and to clear the state of this "lawless elements, whether they be corrupt businessmen, IWW agitators, or whatever name they call themselves"

In 1914 Spry had the problem of dealing with the case of Joe Hill who had been found guilty of the murder of J. B. Morrison, a former policeman. An active member of the Industrial Workers of the World, many believed that Hill was being punished for his political beliefs. argued that Hill had been framed as a warning to others considering trade union activity.

Bill Haywood and the IWW launched a campaign to halt the execution. Elizabeth Flynn visited Hill in prison and was a leading figure in the attempts to force a retrial. In July, 1915, 30,000 members of Australian IWW sent a resolution calling on Governor William Spry to free Hill. Similar resolutions were passed at trade union meetings in Britain and other European countries. Woodrow Wilson also contacted Spry and asked for a retrial. This was refused and Hill was executed by firing-squad on 19th November, 1915.

Spry also upset a lot of people by vetoing a prohibition bill in 1915. The following year the Republican Party decided not to nominate him as their candidate for governor.

William Spry who failed in his attempt to be elected to Congress in 1918, served as commissioner in the United States General Land Office until his death from a stroke in 1929.

In spite of all the hideous pictures and all the bad things and printed about me, I had only been arrested once before in my life, and that was in Sal Pedro, California. At the time of the stevedores' and dock workers' strike. I was secretary of the strike committee, and I suppose I was a little too active to suit the chief of that burg, so he arrested me and gave me thirty days in the city jail for vagrancy and there you have the full extent of my "criminal record".

The main and only fact worth considering, however, is this: I never killed Morrison and do not know a thing about it. He was, as the records plainly show, killed by some enemy for the sake of revenge, and I have not been in the city long enough to make an enemy.

Shortly before my arrest I came down from Park City; where I was working in the mines. Owing to the prominence of Mr Morrison, there had to be a "goat" and the undersigned being, as they thought, a friendless tramp, a Swede, and worst of all, an I.W.W, had no right to live anyway, and was therefore duly selected to be "the goat".

I have always worked hard for a living and paid for everything i got, and in my spare time I spend by painting pictures, writing songs and composing music.

Now, if the people of the state of Utah want to shoot me without giving me half a chance to state my side of the case, bring on your firing squads - I am ready for you. I have lived like an artist and I shall die like an artist.

My will is easy to decide,

For there is nothing to divide.

My kin don't need to fuss and moan -

"Moss does not cling to a rolling stone."

My body? - Oh! - If I could choose,

I would to ashes it reduce,

And let the merry breezes blow

My dust to where some flowers grow.

Perhaps some fading flower then

Would come to life and bloom again.

This is my last and final will.

Good luck to all of you.

I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night

Alive as you and me.

Says I, "But Joe, you're ten years dead."

"I never died," says he.

"Joe Hill ain't dead," he says to me.

"Joe Hill ain't never died,

Where workingmen are out on strike

Joe Hill is at their side!"

William Spry (1867 - 1918)

*DEATH Death Certificate Record information EventDeath Event registration number5383 Registration year1918 Personal information Family nameSPRY Given namesWm SexUnknown Father's name Spry Nathaniel Mother's name Jane (Patterson) Place of birth Place of death

Kaneira Age50 Spouse's family name Spouse's given names

Wed 12 Jun 1918 Page 5 OBITUARY.

SPRY. — The many friends of Mr. William Spry, of Kaneira, will learn with sincere regret of his demise, which occurred, after after a long illness. For some years Mr. Spry suffered from miners' complaint, and when he took up residence at Kaneira and engaged in farming pursuits, it was thought he may enjoy better health. For a few months he received treatment at the Wycheproof Hospital, and a few weeks ago he had sufficiently recovered to be able to go home. The deceased was 50 years of age, and leaves a wife and four children — Jane, William (on active service), Nath, Edith, and Millie (step-child) another step-child — Roy — died on active service. Mr. John Spry, of Kaneira, is a brother of de- ceased.

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William Spry: Man of Firmness, Governor of Utah

William Spry came onto the political scene in Utah at the time the Progressive Movement was spreading across the nation. These winds of change were also blowing over Utah in the first years of the twentieth century. The period was one of significant economic, political, and social transformation as the new state of Utah emerged from its conflict-fiddled, territorial cocoon.

The economic and social issues which were crying for attention also demanded a political rapprochement between the non-Mormons (many of whom were anti-Mormon) and the Mormon residents of the area. An effort at political accommodation had taken place when the People’s party of the Mormon Church was abolished and the people instructed to join one of the two national parties. The majority inclined to the Democratic party, but President Joseph F. Smith and the First Presidency of the Church, as well as the Church members who were “called” to be Republicans, usually supported the Republican party—the party of Reed Smoot, Apostle and Senator.

A majority of the non-Mormons also moved into the Republican party—even those who had been Democrats in other parts of the country. The responsibility of holding this coalition of Mormon and non-Mormon Republicans together fell to William Spry when he was selected as the chairman of the Republican State Committee in 1904. Spry worked quickly and effectively to unite the Republicans solidly behind the party’s candidates in the 1904 election. His efforts were seriously threatened, however, when Senator Thomas Kearns split from the Republican party and organized the anti-Mormon faction into the American party. Kearns was peeved because the LDS Church support he had previously enjoyed had been withdrawn, and he felt the Republican nominees were too closely identified with the Church.

The success of the American party in the 1905 election in Salt Lake City clearly threatened Senator Smoot’s chances for reelection in 1908. William Spry was brought into the Smoot machine, known as “The Federal Bunch,” because of his popularity and his political abilities. In 1908 the supporters of Smoot shifted their backing from incumbent Governor Cutler to Spry. They believed they needed to have the best “vote-getter” on the ticket and that “Cutler would have to be shoved aside, rudely if necessary, for the good of the party.

Spry won the nomination of the Republican party and went on to win the governorship, which he held for two four-year terms. He tried for a third term, but was refused the nomination of the party. Two years later he ran for Congress and was defeated. His political career ended in an appointive position as United States Commissioner of Public Lands—an appointment arranged by Senator Smoot.

William Spry: Man of Firmness, Governor of Utah, tells this political story in a delightful, readable way. It puts Utah into national perspective as a leader in the social legislation of the Progressive Era. It follows the conflicts over prohibition and the joys of completing the state capitol and commissioning the battleship Utah. It recounts the labor violence which troubled Utah, the role of the International Workers of the World (IWW) in Utah labor troubles, and the exciting “Joe Hill” murder case.

The book lacks balance, however, as much more attention is paid to the Joe Hill case than it deserves (almost a third of the book), and too little coverage is given of the progressive social legislation of Spry’s first term (a bare outline of only four pages). There are some episodes that do not fit at all, such as chapter 28, “Dynamiters Attack the West,” and some anecdotes which are not relevant.

Throughout the book, the authors seem to be somewhat politically naive, such as the use of Frank Kent’s quote from The Great Game of Politics that control of the State Committee is “the key to the political machine.” This was inserted to support the notion that Spry, as state chairman of the Republican party, held the political power in the state, when it is obvious from the book itself that Senator Smoot controlled the political machine and the Republican party. But this may be the inherent weakness in most biographies, which present favorable, if inaccurate, images of the subject. This biography has the added problem of being written for its patrons, the children of Governor Spry.

These problems are more than offset, however, in the contribution the biography makes in bringing into print some knowledge about a little-known period of Utah’s political history. Most of the scholarly studies about the period are still in manuscript form as theses, with the exception of a few journal articles, which are not readily available to the reading public.

Spry History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Spry originated in Cornwall, a region of southwest England that is celebrated in the Arthurian romances of the Middle Ages. Though surnames became common during medieval times, English people were formerly known only by a single name. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Nickname surnames were rare among the Cornish, they did occasionally adopt names that reflected the physical characteristics or other attributes of the original bearer of the name. The name Spry is a nickname type of surname for a person who is lively and alert. Tracing the origin of the name further, we found the name Spry was originally from the Old English word spray, of the same meaning.

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Early Origins of the Spry family

The surname Spry was first found in Cornwall, at St. Anthony in Roseland, a parish, in the union of Truro, W. division of the hundred of Powder.

"The living is a donative, in the patronage of the family of Spry: the tithes have been commuted for 𧴮. The church, beautifully situated on the border of a navigable lake separating this parish from St. Mawes, contains some handsome monuments to the Spry family, of which one, by Westmacott, is to the memory of Sir Richard Spry, Rear-Admiral of the White." [1] Alternatively, the family could have originated in Spreyton in Devon which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Spreitone. [2] [3]

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Early History of the Spry family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Spry research. Another 308 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1485, 1547, 1796, 1627, 1612, 1685, 1660 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Spry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Spry Spelling Variations

Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Spry, Spray, Spre, Spraye, Sprye, Sprey, Sprie and many more.

Early Notables of the Spry family (pre 1700)

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Spry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Spry migration +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spry Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Spry who settled in Virginia in 1648
  • William Spry, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [4]
  • Aba Spry, who landed in Maryland in 1670 [4]
  • Christopher Spry, who arrived in Maryland in 1675 [4]
Spry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

Spry migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Spry Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Spry Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Spry, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1802 [5]
  • John Spry, who settled in Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1824 [5]
  • John Spry, who settled in Northern Bay, Newfoundland in 1838 [5]

Spry migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Spry Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Spry, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia[6]
  • Mr. William Spry, (b. 1809), aged 40, English farm labourer from Bideford, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • Mrs. Dorothy Spry, (b. 1810), aged 39, English settler from Bideford, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • Miss Charity Spry, (b. 1834), aged 15, Cornish nursemaid from Lostwithiel, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • Mr. William Spry, (b. 1839), aged 10, English settler from Bideford, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Courier" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 11th September 1849 [7]
  • . (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Spry migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Spry Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jane Spry, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Miss Jane Spry, (b. 1857), aged 21, Cornish servant departing on 6th July 1878 aboard the ship "Rakaia" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 8th October 1878 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Spry (post 1700) +

  • Henry Harpur Spry (1804-1842), English writer on India, born at Truro, son of Jeffery or Geoffry Spry (d. 1829) of the excise
  • Sir Samuel Thomas Spry (1804-1868), English politician, M.P. for Bodmin, and High Sheriff of Cornwall in 1849
  • Thomas Spry (d. 1828), English Admiral
  • Major-General William Frederick Spry (1770-1814), English Army officer
  • William Spry (1734-1802), English military officer, made a Lieutenant-General (1799)
  • William Spry (1864-1929), American Republican politician, Member of Utah State House of Representatives, 1903-06 Governor of Utah, 1909-17 Delegate to Republican National Convention from Utah, 1912, 1916 Candidate for U.S. Representative from Utah, 1918 [9]
  • Clyde Spry (1889-1961), American Republican politician, Iowa Secretary of agriculture, 1950-61 Appointed 1950 [9]
  • Admiral Sir Richard Spry (1715-1775), British Royal Navy officer who served as Commander-in-Chief, North American Station
  • Major-General Daniel Charles Spry (1913-1989), Canadian Vice Chief General Staff [10]
  • Sir Charles Spry (b. 1910), Australian Army Brigadier, Director General of Australian Intelligence (1950-1970)
  • . (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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The Spry Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Soyez sage et simple
Motto Translation: Be wise and simple.


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The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. 15. New York: James T. White & Company.

Roper, William L., and Leonard J. Arrington. William Spry: Man of Firmness, Governor of Utah. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1971.

Warrum, Noble, ed. Utah Since Statehood: Historical and Biographical. Chicago-Salt Lake: The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1919. 3 vols. (Vol. I, pp. 151-178 Vol. III, pp. 1076-1077.)

&ldquoGovernor Spry&rsquos Body To Be Brought To SL: Utah Executive For Eight Years Dies of Stroke: Dies at Washington,&rdquo Deseret News, April 22, 1929, pp. 1-2 &ldquoDeath Ends Governor Spry&rsquos Active Career in Public Life,&rdquo Salt Lake Tribune, April 2x, 1929, pp. 1-2.


After 60 years of lying idle, a field at the Kidston farm in Spryfield came to life in 1996, thanks to the determination and dedication of members of the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield. With the help of a team of oxen and a tractor, and a large audience to cheer them on, the field was ploughed and a crop of oats was planted. It is part of three acres leased by the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield from the Kidston family.This cleared field has been expanded over the years. Individual residents and local organizations, all members of the Urban Farm Museum Society of Spryfield, are reaping the benefits. They have been assigned plots to grow their own vegetables. This year, as part of the Come Grow With Us program which teaches children how to grow their own vegetables, an additional 12 plots have been added for children and their families. Volunteers help make the Urban Farm an important resource in our community. We welcome your help.

Kidston house, c. 1930

The original Kidston Farm consisted of two 500-acre lots, numbers four and five, in Leiblin Manor. In the 1760s, nine Leiblin Manor lots were granted to prominent Halifax merchants who used them primarily as wood lots. Lot number four on which the Urban Farm field is situated was part of the l500 acres purchased and developed as a farm during the early 1770s by the industrious military engineer, Captain William Spry. Following Spry’s tenure, George McIntosh, Esquire, continued to operate it as a productive farm where beef and dairy cattle roamed and grain and root crops flourished.

In 1822, William Kidston, Junior, purchased the 1000 acre farm from the George McIntosh estate and called it Thornhill. In spite of his limited experience as a farmer, Kidston built a homestead where he settled his large and increasing family. He added sheep to the inventory of farm animals and wool became another by-product of the Spryfield farm. In 1827, under Kidston’s supervision, Thornhill Farm produced large crops of wheat and other grains and 500 bushels of potatoes. Twenty tons of hay fed his livestock which consisted of “14 sheep, three horses, four swine and 12 horned cattle.”

By 1832, however, William Kidston was ready to sell Thornhill farm. In a letter to his old and trusted friend and solicitor in Pictou, Abraham Patterson, he spoke of the pending sale and his plans to move his family and furniture to Pictou, the birthplace of his wife, Elizabeth Dawson. The farm did not sell and Kidston moved his family to a house in Halifax. He served as Sheriff for Halifax County. In 1834, an advertisement in the Royal Gazette offered for sale “that beautiful Farm at Spryfield…The arable land is deep, strong and productive…it is well watered by beautiful lakes and streams on which there are fine falls for water power mills a capital situation for washing of wool on the skin or otherwise a desirable place for establishing the manufacture of wool into yarn, cloth, etc …and has a very extensive range of superior pasturage, within secure fencing.”

William Kidston died in 1836, however, leaving his wife and ten children (the youngest only two years old) with an estate which included Thornhill Farm and its outstanding mortgage, a house in Halifax in which the family resided, land in Country Harbour, Guysborough County, a lot at Tangier, Halifax County, and property in Scotland bequeathed to him by his late father. Before her death in 1846, Elizabeth Dawson Kidston, with the help of her brother-in-law, Richard Kidston, in Scotland, paid off the mortgage on the farm and conveyed it, in trust, to her 21year-old son, Archibald Glen, who eventually bought out the shares of his siblings and some of the landowners
around him.

Archibald Glen Kidston’s success as a farmer may be seen in subsequent records. By 1851 he had begun to rebuild the farm, producing 40 bushels of potatoes, 300 bushels of turnips, 4 bushels of other root crops, 16 bushels of hay, 10 bushels of wheat and 80 bushels of oats. On the premises were two barns, five “milch” cows, one horse, six sheep and one pig. In 1865, listed in the business directory for Spryfield as a “Farmer and Dealer in Stock and Horses” was A. Kidston. Following his marriage to Mary Dart of Spryfield, seven sons and four daughters were born. With the help of his sons, the farm continued to thrive and two years before his death in 1894, he leased Thornhill Farm to his sons. At that time, the following animals were listed in the farm inventory: “three
Horses, 12 Cows, one Bull, two Oxen, four Heffers, one Bull Calf, 30 Sheep, six Pigs, two Domestic Geese, one Wild Goose and 75 Hens.”

Following the death of Archibald Glen Kidston, Thornhill Farm was divided into two separate farms between his sons, John and Archibald, Jr. Two more generations of Kidstons continued to farm their inheritance, albeit on a smaller scale than their predecessors. During the early 1900s, John Kidston operated the Rockingstone Dairy and his land became known as Rockingstone Farm on which the Kidston homestead and the Urban Farm Museum of Spryfield are now located. In 1928, before his death, John Kidston deeded part of his farm to his brother Arthur. In 1929, when John’s nephew, another John Kidston, returned from United States to inherit the present homestead and what remained of the Rockingstone Farm, the fields were still cleared for planting vegetables. The Kidston family continued to produce potatoes and other vegetables which, along with eggs and squab (pigeons), were sold to the residents of Halifax. Potatoes were always left in the fields for others less fortunate who were encouraged to dig them up for their own use.

In 1941, John Kidston became active in war service and for four years production on the farm came to a standstill. The 1950s and 1960s saw more changes as a result of expropriation, and Rockingstone Farm was reduced to seven acres. Large-scale farming in Spryfield was, indeed, a thing of the past.

How Mukuntuweap National Monument Became One of the Nation's Most Popular Parks

A century ago this Sunday, Zion National Park lost its Paiute-inspired name, in part because the National Park Service felt it was hard to pronounce and deterred prospective visitors. Now this Southwest park is the country’s third most popular national park and is struggling to deal with increasing crowds.

Last year, a record 4.5 million people visited Zion National Park, making it the country’s third most visited national park behind Great Smoky Mountains and Grand Canyon. Zion is now so popular that park officials are considering implementing a reservation system to limit the number of visitors and minimize the impact of crowds on the park’s delicate soils and vegetation.

A century ago, the National Park Service was facing the opposite problem.

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Back then, very few people made their way to this southwestern Utah canyon, carved by the North Fork of the Virgin River. Horace Albright, the Park Service’s acting director, thought he knew one of the reasons people stayed away: Mukuntuweap National Monument, the park’s original name.

“I felt ‘Mukuntuweap’ was too difficult to pronounce and really tough to spell,” he wrote after visiting the national monument in 1917.

John Wesley Powell, who surveyed the area in 1872, had originally bestowed the name “Mukuntuweap” on the canyon to honor the Southern Paiute, who had lived in the region for centuries. The Paiute word “Mukuntuweap” is believed to mean “straight canyon” or “straight river,” although other translations have included “the place where the Great Spirit dwells” and “Muggins’ farm” (“Muggins” was the name local settlers had given to a Native American man who had a small garden plot at the entrance of the canyon).

A.M. Woodbury, who worked as a naturalist in Zion in the early 1930s, wrote that the Southern Paiute actually called the canyon “Ioogoon” (“the arrow quiver”) and that the name “Mukuntuweap” was never popular among the Mormons who had started settling in the area during the 1850s. In 1861, one of the settlers, Joseph Black, ventured far into the canyon on his horse and was so amazed by the cliffs’ grandeur and beauty that he rushed back to tell the others.

“He described the wonders that he had seen in such glowing terms that the people dubbed the canyon ‘Joseph’s Glory,’ half in derision at his fanciful tales,” Woodbury wrote.

Within a couple of years, three men (“typical Western renegades,” as Woodbury called them), settled inside the canyon, raised livestock and grew corn and tobacco. One of these men, Isaac Behunin, would sit in his yard and contemplate the towers of rock surrounding him. “Here we have natural temples,” he apparently said. “We can worship as we please.” Behunin thought the canyon was just as deserving of the name “Zion” as Salt Lake City, which had first been envisioned as the “City of Zion.” He decided to call the canyon “Little Zion.”

Not everyone agreed. Brigham Young, the leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, visited the area several years later and questioned the morality of the men who lived there, ultimately objecting to the Zion moniker. “No, it’s not Zion,” he reportedly said. “Zion is the place where the pure in heart dwell.” He refused an invitation to visit the canyon, and locals jokingly started to refer to the canyon as “Not Zion.”

President William Howard Taft unintentionally complied with Young’s wish when he used the power of the Antiquities Act to proclaim the Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909.

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When acting Park Service Director Albright visited Mukuntuweap in 1917, he was the first Interior Department official to set his eyes on the canyon. He was stunned. “Local Utah people said that Yosemite was a Zion without color,” he wrote. “But this didn&rsquot faintly prepare me for the reality of the towering rock walls, splashed with brilliant hues of tans and reds interspersed with whites. The great towers, temples, spires, and peaks appeared unearthly as they encircled the narrow, lush gorge cut by the sparkling Virgin River.”

The park instantly became one of Albright’s favorites, and from that day he decided it would be his “personal crusade to mold it from a little national monument into a great national park.” Albright also noticed that the locals he interacted with all used the name “Zion” for the place, and he resolved to push for the name change back in Washington, D.C. The following year, President Woodrow Wilson renamed the park “Zion National Monument,” and in 1919 Congress redesignated it as “Zion National Park” (a separate Zion National Monument was established in 1937 and incorporated into the national park in 1956).

About 300 people had visited Mukuntuweap in 1914, and 1,814 made the trip to Zion National Monument/Park in 1919, the first year with official visitation statistics. From there, the number of visitors grew almost continuously each year as the park improved roads, dug the Zion-Mount Carmel Tunnel, created trails, built two visitor centers and started ferrying visitors on shuttles.

Zion is now becoming a victim of its own success. Lines to get inside Zion, find a spot at a parking lot and board one of the park’s shuttles are getting longer, and campgrounds and trails are deteriorating faster. Funding for the park is 10 percent less than a decade ago, and so fewer rangers must handle much larger crowds and deal with an increasing number of emergency incidents. More people venture off trails, trampling vegetation and carving more than 30 miles of rogue footpaths in Zion Canyon.

Last summer, park officials issued proposals to limit the number of visitors in the park and at specific sites within the park, a move that NPCA supports. “We believe creating a canyon-wide timed-entry or reservation system is the best solution for managing levels of visitation during peak times to protect the visitor experience along with the health and integrity of park resources,” wrote Cory MacNulty, NPCA’s Utah senior program manager, in comments submitted to the park.

William Spry - History

SPRY, William James Joseph (d. 1906). Life on the Bosphorus . London: H.S. Nichols, 1895. 8° (248 x 149mm), frontispiece and 56 plates, folding coloured map. (Frontispiece, title and dedication spotted, occasional marginal stains.) Original pictorial red cloth gilt (spine ends a little frayed, corners slightly worn). FIRST EDITION. Part II, 'Chronicles of the Caliphs', has half-title and separate pagination.

MILLINGEN, Alexander van (1840-1915). Constantinople . London: A. and C. Black, 1906. 8° (220 x 150mm), 63 coloured plates after Warwick Goble, folding map. (Half-title and map spotted, occasional spotting elsewhere.) Original decorative cloth gilt (lower cover soiled, corners rubbed, small spot on spine). FIRST EDITION. With 6 other books on the city, including Edwin A. Grosvenor's Constantinople (Boston, 1895, 2 vols), and 8 souvenir booklets [c. 1900-1926], containing views. (16)

The Spryfield pool has everything. It is a paradise for kids young and old – not to mention adults.

The pool is divided into several sections and it is fully covered by lifeguards at all points. Before each swim time, swimmers gather at the end of the room and the lifeguards review the rules before anyone gets in the water.

At the front the pool gradually deepens making it the perfect place for toddlers and infants.

There are a wide array of foam toys and slides for the kids to play with in this section.

At the back, the pool gradually deepens, reaching a maximum depth of only 6 feet.
There is a small waterslide that gives a big splash at the end – still making it fun!

There is every kind of floating foam boat toy and inner tubes. There is no shortage of fun things to play with.

At one end of the pool there is a rock climbing wall. Climb the wall and jump in when you’re finished!

The highlight of the afternoon were the waves. Twice during the “wave pool swim time” the big waves were turned on for 15 minutes each. Those older could float around on the inner tubes, while the waves gradually lessened, still making it fun for the toddlers in the shallow area!

It was the perfect place to play!

We loved it so much we ended up staying for both the wave pool time, and the family swim time that immediately followed. More younger kids arrived for the family time, but the waves were turned on in each of the sessions.

Personally, I couldn’t hack the wave part, as it made me feel so sea sick! But, I was happy to get out and take pictures!

If you are in the city, or are looking for a fun family adventure, definitely try the Captain William Spry Community Centre .

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