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UHQ Spring 2015 Web Supplements

1-WebSupAlmon Babbitt and Early Utah Politics: A Portfolio of Documents

Bruce Worthen, “‘Zachary Taylor Is Dead and in Hell and I Am Glad of It!’: The Political Intrigues of Almon Babbitt,” Utah Historical Quarterly 83 (Spring 2015): 84-97.

Here we offer faithful reproductions of some of the primary documents Worthen used to construct his analysis of behind-the-scenes political wrangling of Almon Babbitt, the Mormon’s ambitious State of Deseret designee in Washington, D.C. leading to the creation of Utah Territory in 1850. These letters, minutes of meetings, and official documents that recreate the shadowy deals and positioning that ultimately put Utah on the political map. We also provide short biographies of important political individuals and political cartoons from the era.

 Folklore and History: An Interview with Steve Siporin2-6

Steve Siporin, “A Bear and a Bandit,” Utah Historical Quarterly 83 (Spring 2015): 98-114.

We spoke with Siporin, a professor of folklore at Utah State University, about the stories of Old Ephraim and Dominenci Tiburzi and the marriage between folklore and history. Siporin reminds us that humans are natural-born storytellers, and that “we are always, subconsciously perhaps, aiming towards a more meaningful and artistic story because it’s about communication about past experience. It’s not always about literal truth.” Click here for the audio and transcript of our conversation.

3-4Southeastern Utah Missile Launches

Robert McPherson, “Desert Cold Warriors: Southeastern Utah’s Fight against Communism, 1951–1981,” Utah Historical Quarterly 83 (Spring 2015): 116-31.

See the following links for resources on southeastern Utah missile launches during the Cold War: Robert McPherson’s interview with Rudy Alonzo, who was in the tracking station south of Blanding following the missiles fired from Green River; “The Athena That Got Away,” regarding the missile that landed in Mexico; and Jim Stiles’s “The Last Flight of Felon 22” for information the crash of Felon 22 in 1961; and the White Sands Missile Range newspapers Wind and Sand (1950 to 1969) and Missile Ranger (1969 to 1990), online searchable archives, at

 Extended Photo Gallery of the Green River Launch Complex4-11_metal-slides

“The Green River Launch Complex: A Photo Essay,” Utah Historical Quarterly 83 (Winter 2015): 132-41.

We publish here additional historic and contemporary photos of the Green River Launch Complex. The contemporary photos are complements of Chris Merritt, Chris Hansen, and Cory Jensen.