Monday, September 14, 2009

Mosaic Monday

Mosaic Monday ~ A trip to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
All of the above photos were taken yesterday on an excursion to Spring Mountain Ranch, which was owned by Howard Hughes at the time of his death.  The ranch has quite a history beginning in the early 1800's. 
The main ranch house was built in 1948 by Chester Lauck, a radio personality. 
In 1955 Vera Krupp, a german actress bought the ranch from Chester and lived there
until 1967 when she sold the property to Howard Hughes.  There is an interesting story about Vera Krupp being robbed at her residence on the ranch.  The thieves stole a $275,000 ring, pulling it off her finger and actually drawing blood.  Also, in the robbery they took about $700,000 in cash.  The case history is on file with the FBI.  Read all about it here.
The ranch now belongs to the state and is open to the public.
There is a large lush grassy area for picnics.
There are walking trails and horseback riding trails;
a gift shop;
tours of the main house and the old historic buildings on the grounds.
I have passed by this place about a thousand times and I never knew that any of the historical buildings existed.
My husband and I were taking a little drive yesterday and we ended up at the ranch on impulse.
It was well worth the five dollars it cost to get in.
We spent quite a bit of time walking the trails.
My sore legs are proof of that, in addition to the photos I snapped along our walk.
Please visit Mary at little red house for more creative mosaics.


  1. Morning, I have popped over to your blog- Thank you for the lovely comment on mine. Have you ever visited the UK? I was interested in your collection of old postcards, I collect new artistic cards although I do have a few old greeting postcards. I was also interested in the Idaho Falls one as I have a penfriend in Idaho, Stephanie Armiger - Holman a composer and writer. Also I like to hear about the history of the places in the photographs, I know I try to add some or leave a link.
    Thank you, Jackie.

  2. That is a beautiful mosaic with beautiful pictures. I love the story that goes with it. Have a nice day

  3. What a beautiful place, Jarielyn! thanks so much for sharing your lovely images at Mosaic Monday. :)

  4. I just love your mosaic and what an interesting story to go with it!

  5. I love when there is so much to shoot all in one place...and that yellow truck is fabulous !

  6. I bet it was an interesting visit. Funny how we don't always take time to visit things in our own back yard. Looks like a quiet peaceful place and the animals are all happy.
    Got a little smile about your yellow happy face talking about blogging.
    Cheers! to you and your world ;-)

  7. What a great mosaic and the history. I am off to read the FBI report. Thanks for sharing. Sharon

  8. Thanks for the interesting history of the place. Glad you had a nice time.

  9. Great mosaic and very interesting commentary. Love that yellow fire truck. laurie

  10. great info and looks like a very cool place to visit. my fav is the donkey pic.

  11. This is cool as grits, girl! Great job. Wish I could visit.

  12. Jarielyn, what a nice collection of your of your mosaic. Your State Park is so pretty. Love the animals and my favorite shot is the center photo. Thanks for your nice comments on my post.

  13. This is wonderful series of shots. It sounds like a great place to spend the day. I'm glad that you and your camera shared. :)

  14. Great mosaic and good to have a story behind it.

  15. Marvelous mosaic of your adventure. Enjoyed your account of the adventure too. Thanks for visiting Small Reflections. Glad you liked the distorted 'pinch' effect. Many of the mosaics look similar until 'embiggened' when the differences emerge vividly ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

  16. Isn't it funny how sometimes it is so fun to be a tourist in our own area. Nevada is full of very interesting places, and while I'm a native - there is much I haven't seen.

    Love the mosiac.



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