Many changes to the region occurred during
my youth. I was, however, fortunate to live and experience the land and
its beauty before the influence of commercialization of the Glenn Canyon, Lake
Powell, Capitol Reef National Park, and Canyonlands National Park. The
small town and its environment were unique because I began my childhood before
asphalt highways, before commercial utility poles dotted the landscape, and
without the influence of television or even telephones. Without those
modern conveniences, our family spent a considerable amount of time together
involved in outdoor activities.
My father was an avid outdoorsman. I
truly enjoyed learning the skills of fishing, hunting, trapping, camping, Dutch
oven cooking, and exploring the vast canyon country of Southern Utah.
The basic economy of the area evolved
around mining, farming, and ranching. That trend changed during the years
of my childhood by the construction of the Glenn Canyon Dam and the construction
to provide access to the beautiful recreational area of Lake Powell. That
period of construction, building asphalt highways, power lines, telephone
service, oil exploration, geological surveying, along with all the mining
interests, influenced major decisions in my life to pursue a higher education in
engineering and architectural drafting.
Due to the remoteness, along with a small
population of some 80 residents, education in Hanksville was only offered at the
grade school level. Hanksville students usually boarded out with relatives
to attend junior high and high school. Towns nearest to Hanksville, Green
River 54 miles to the north and Bicknell 72 miles to the west, were the usual
options for boarding Hanksville children. My uncle Ted and his wife Ion
offered to have me live with them in Green River while I attended junior high
and high school.