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Spring Room

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 1 August 2018 in Documentary & Street.

The water from Pipe Spring, under the parlor floor, came across the courtyard, ran through the wooden trough, and exited to the ponds. Since the water was underground from the time it exited the sandstone under the parlor floor until it reached the open trough, it was quite cold. The cooling effect kept the room between 48 - 50 F (8.9 - 10 C) year-round. The room was used for cold storage and butter making.

Ranchers milked 80 - 100 cows each day. Each day, women and children would churn 40 pounds (18.1 kilograms) of butter and make 60 - 80 pounds (27.2 - 36.3 kilograms) of cheese. Some of this was used locally but most was shipped to St. George along with 10 - 30 steers to feed men working on public roads or the St. George Temple. Such shipments happened twice a month and took 4 days travel time.

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

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

Excellent image and a great writeup outlining the inventiveness of the settlers.

1 Aug 2018 5:21am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle composition, attrayante histoire.

1 Aug 2018 5:27am

Devi from Chennai, India interesting all this sounds !! The cheese would have had great taste and smell!!
Beautiful capture :)

1 Aug 2018 5:44am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Nature has been a big help to human beings in this regard. Keeping food fresh in the warm seasons has been a major problem. That room has been like a large refrigerator.

1 Aug 2018 5:51am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel support de bois avec ces ustensiles de cuisines très original génial.

1 Aug 2018 5:52am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Absolutely superb. I like the wood and that this is of a magnificent warm color

1 Aug 2018 6:39am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition et merci pour les explications !

1 Aug 2018 7:41am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

Wonderful light

1 Aug 2018 9:44am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb composition of this fresh ( or cold ) room !

1 Aug 2018 9:53am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Super rangement

1 Aug 2018 10:14am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

superbe ces étagères

1 Aug 2018 10:47am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

very interesting

1 Aug 2018 11:28am

badtgv from provence, France


1 Aug 2018 12:33pm

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A really interesting image. The settlers were very good at inventing things to help them live. Your information on these images is very interesting.

1 Aug 2018 1:41pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine picture of this special room that has such an inportant role in the production of butter and cheese. An interesting description of the process.

1 Aug 2018 3:47pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great picture of this room. Interesting information giving details of milk, butter and cheese produced. :)

1 Aug 2018 5:48pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an ingenious idea for this cooling room!! I love that rack looks like it could rotate. Nice documentary here!

1 Aug 2018 5:52pm

Diana from Olympia, United States


1 Aug 2018 5:54pm

Nina from Hamburg, Germany

An excellent picture of this room, nice details and very interesting

1 Aug 2018 5:59pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Very Interesting design...

1 Aug 2018 7:03pm

Elaheh from Montreal, Canada

The community of woods! I really like this one!

1 Aug 2018 8:08pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

somebody really smart thought of that idea

1 Aug 2018 9:51pm

Denny Jump from Bellevue, WA, United States

As Always: FANTASTIC Narrative and absolutely wonderful image...The marriage and subsequent presentation of these two factors by you is just outstanding! What an amazing story!Thank you so much, Steve! This is brilliant!!

1 Aug 2018 10:24pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very interesting water cooling system.

1 Aug 2018 11:59pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

The way that they cooled the room was an ingenious idea! I cannot imagine making that much butter and cheese. That is an interesting shelf to keep things cool. Great information!

2 Aug 2018 1:44am

pascale from Brussels, Belgium

love that you make as a part of your trip by telling us the history
thank you

2 Aug 2018 5:14am

k@ from Paris, France

This is original and your angle is excellent.

9 Aug 2018 5:15pm