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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 31 July 2018 in Documentary & Street.

Large outward swinging gates are located at each end of this space.

The ranch served as a way station for travelers crossing the remote Arizona Strip.

Following the passage of the Edmunds Act in 1882 and the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Act's constitutionality, the federal government began cracking down on polygamy (the practice of having multiple wives, a tenet of the early Mormon Church). Federal marshals were directed to track down and bring to court any men who were suspected of practicing polygamy. Those sentenced were handed stiff jail terms, and a number of church members did spend time in Utah and Arizona prisons.

Safe houses were established to shelter polygamists or their wives as they stayed ahead of the federal marshals. In the 1880s - 90s, Pipe Spring became a refuge for wives of targeted Southern Utah men, since it was located across the territorial line in Arizona. One plural wife said of her move to Pipe Spring, "So about the year 1886, I moved to Pipe Spring. In other words, I went to prison to keep my husband out."

Pipe Spring National Monument
Near Fredonia, Arizona
Part of the Great American West series

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Excellent. I can see how it would make a good fortification.

31 Jul 2018 5:35am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Fine historical view.

31 Jul 2018 5:41am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique et attrayant.

31 Jul 2018 5:58am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Bien vu

31 Jul 2018 6:21am

badtgv from provence, France


31 Jul 2018 6:26am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

thank you for the explanation :)
nice compo

31 Jul 2018 7:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a fascinating history . . and a lotta places to bang one's head there, too !

31 Jul 2018 8:02am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A great look at the courtyard, and very interesting information.

31 Jul 2018 8:24am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and very interesting .

31 Jul 2018 9:20am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

excellent grasphics

31 Jul 2018 11:17am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

A very nice courtyard. This is an interesting and informative series, Steve.

31 Jul 2018 11:41am

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

like a Clint Eastwood western

31 Jul 2018 12:33pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this special historical place. Interesting background.

31 Jul 2018 1:54pm

Devi from Chennai, India

A great shot here...and thank you for all that writep !!!How interesting !

31 Jul 2018 3:23pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


31 Jul 2018 3:58pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Bien vu !

31 Jul 2018 4:13pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of this large courtyard. Thank you for the interesting information. :)

31 Jul 2018 5:28pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great historical information you've shared with this beautiful photo!! Makes me wonder what this was like when used. I love the angles and wood grain patterns in the doors!

31 Jul 2018 6:09pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

What a story!! I remember,even as a kid hearing ny parents and friends talk about these issues when we had lived in Southern Colordo ... amazing! Great image and text, Steve! Wow!!

31 Jul 2018 7:16pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

Such an interesting history! This is a wonderful view of the courtyard. I love those stone walls. They are beautiful and quite impressive. A great point of view with the white railing.

31 Jul 2018 9:17pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting history here.

31 Jul 2018 10:36pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Interesting history

31 Jul 2018 11:57pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle coure intérieur et ces encardement blanc quelle uve

1 Aug 2018 4:46am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Beautiful composition.

1 Aug 2018 7:50pm

Elaheh from Montreal, Canada

If I hadn't read the description I would have written: what an inviting door...

1 Aug 2018 8:11pm