Photographer's Note

The first human presence in Zion dates to 8,000 years ago with the Ancient Ones, camping where they could hunt or collect plants and seeds for food. About 2,000 years ago the Puebloans started a sedentary lifestyle crowing corn and other crops, and constructing pueblos.

The arrival of Europeans started in the late 18th century with the exploration of southern Utah by Padres Silvestre Velez de Escalante and Francisco Atanasio Dominguez. Later, in 1825 the famous trapper and explorer Jedediah Smith explored the Virgin River area. The first whiteman settlements started in 1847 with Mormon farmers from Salt Lake. Zion would continue to be a farming resource until it became a National Monument in 1909. This evolved into Zion becoming a National Park in 1919.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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