Photographer's Note

"Make gardens, orchards, and vineyards, and render the Earth so pleasant that when you look upon your labors you may do so with pleasure, and angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations"
--- Brigham Young leader of the Later-Day Saints Church (Mormons)

In the 1870s, Mormon settlers moved into Utah's high valleys, including Fruita which today is part of the Capitol Reef National Park. The Fruita settlers recognized the abundance and accessibility of water and heat reflecting off canyon walls to the soil. In 1880, the first orchards of apples, peaches, pears, plums, walnut and almond trees were planted.

Today Capitol Reef visitors may pick fruit for a fee at Fruita.
In this image is an early harvester wagon.

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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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