Red Splash On A Rainy Day

High desert paintbrush blooms in the "Oquirrh foothills"
SE of Tooele, Utah. If you don't mind a little rain
and mud, NOW is a great time to explore Settlement
Canyon above (the city) of Tooele.

Rising above the paintbrush is the top 1/3rd of 9,207'
Clipper Peak, standing between Middle Canyon and
the Bingham (open pit) copper mine.

Tooele, (pronounced tu-ella), is located on the
western slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains in Tooele Valley,
the next valley west of the well-known Salt Lake Valley.

The UNUSUAL name for the town is thought (by some) to have
evolved from an old Ute Indian word for tumbleweed.

Others hypothesize that the name comes from "tu-wanda,"
the Goshute word for "bear," or from "tule," a Spanish
word of Aztec origin, meaning bulrush.

And .. that's no BULL !!!

May 3, 2009

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