History of Echo Canyon, Utah

An interesting echo phenominon entertained travelers as they plodded through the canyon. In his journal (16 July 1847 )William Clayton makes the following observation: "There is a very singular echo in this ravine, the rattling of wagons resembles carpenters hammering at boards inside the highest rocks. The report of a rifle resembles a sharp crack of thunder and echoes from rock to rock for some time. The lowing of cattle and braying of mules seem to be answered beyond the mountains. Music, especially brass instruments, have a very pleasing effect and resemble a person standing inside the rock imitating every note. The echo, the high rocks on the north, high mountains on the south with the narrow ravine for a road, form a scenery at once romantic and more interesting than I have ever witnessed"

At the Echo Juction one can take the old Echo Canyon Road which runs east, parralel to I-80. Along the way are numerous landmarks where historical events took place.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: LDS.org, Utah Place Names; John W. Van Cott, Utah. gov., Echo Canyon Guide.

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