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This is not really a home, but was once. There are many small caves here in Dragon Canyon near Monticello and Blanding, Utah. Some, like this, have been sealed over with door and windows added. It just gets too damp, though, even in Utah's dry climate. Sealed, off, the walls start to mold inside as moisture gathers.

I worked with the Smithsonian Institution during this year as a State Scholar for their "Barn Again!" travelling exhibition. Old barns in the U.S. are vanishing at an alarming rate, and the U.S. is losing part of its heritage at the same time. I'm not sure why in the U.S. we must build disposable buildings. It is fun to go to Europe and Asia to see buildings that are hundreds--even thousands--of years old. In the U.S., we tear our buildings down when the architecture goes out of style, and few people want to preserve them.

This "barn" has been here since the 1950s, though, and in this very remote place, it will probably last another 50 years. Let's hope!

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