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Upcoming Events

We’ve had a wonderful year at the showhouse.  We’ve hosted family reunions, weddings, bus tours, The Tour of Utah professional bike race, Bingo, and a host of other events.



We’ll post some pictures for you to enjoy and see what we have to offer.


Escalante, Ut Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Hardware Store

“Independent Hardware Stores have always been places of wonder, full of grizzled men who could make stuff and fix stuff and would tell you how to, too.” An appreciation by Ted Allen in the Popular Mechanics Magazine Vol 191 No. 8
That was certainly how I felt growing up in my dad’s lumber yard. He too tended to ask “What are you trying to do?”, of every customer who looked lost. And I know I’ve asked it hundreds of times during my 40+ years of retailing and customer service.
History of Hardware Stores:
1782 – Elwood Adams Hardware – Worcester Mass
1787 – Paul Revere Hardware – No. 50 Cornhuill, Boston
1897 – Sears, Roebuck & Co Catalogue
1906 – The Aladdin Co – Kit Holmes
1924 – Ace Stores, Inc. Chicago, Ill
1946 – Lowe’s – No. Wilkesboro, NC
1963 – Tru Value – Chicago, Ill
1979 – Home Depot – Atlanta, GA
2013 – Best Buy – Munson Hardware – Escalante, UT

Escalante Heritage

Escalante, Utah – in the beginning   – – – – – – – – –

By the summer of  l876, many of the residents had dugouts and survived the first winter.  A bowery of willows and tree branches served as the worship hall and the meeting place for celebrations.

Such a celebration occurred on July 4th.  A makeshift flag pole was erected but there was no flag.  Undaunted, they used an Indian rug striped red, grey and blue.


The local VFW and members of the Heritage Center recreate the event on Saturday morning of Memorial Day weekend at 8:00 AM in town center park followed by a pancake breakfast put on by the Sons of the pioneers.  The Heritage Center committee then organizes a day-long event of talks, quest speakers, and a community craft fair at the Escalante High School.  A home-grown play based on Escalante’s history is performed Saturday evening.  It’s always a hoot and full of wonderful history.

Escalante Heritage Bracelet

Hand-beaded bracelet



Escalante Heritage Bracelets of Red, Grey and Blue glass beads comemerate the incredible pioneer spirit of the first move-ins to Escalante.  You can purchase yours at here