In Our Back Yard: A Visit to the Spiral Jetty and other interesting sites
Jan 04, 2018 08:30AM
In the vacant desert expanse west of Corinne is ATK Thiokol that manufactures space and missile propulsion systems. The facility has a large display of rockets in front of its facility. They have a Space Shuttle booster, a Patriot missile and about 20 other rockets. It is free to wander through the rocket park. During weekday business hours the company has a visitor’s center with additional information about the company’s history and products.
On down the road is the Golden Spike National Historic Site commemorating the completion of the first transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. During the month of January, it is only open Thursday through Monday from 9 to 5. It is a National Park fee site and the winter rate is $5 per carload. Pre-paid passes and senior National Park passes are accepted.
From the parking lot of the Spiral Jetty, you can see the remarkable 15 foot wide, 1,500 foot long jetty with a counterclockwise coil stretching out from the shoreline. It is considered to be the central work of American sculptor Robert Smithson (1938-1973). The project was financed by a $9,000 grant from the Virginia Dwan Gallery of New York. This giant art piece was constructed in April 1970 using an estimated 6,650 tons of black basalt lava hardened rock and dirt from the area. The contractor on the project was Robert “Bob’ Phillips (1939-2016) of Ogden, Utah. In 1999 the Spiral Jetty was donated to the Dia Art Foundation. This earth art work was named Utah’s official state work of art in 2017.