Blogging From The Road - The Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah

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Blogging From The Road - The Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah

 

This is a piece of Americana that's just too charming to pass up. Back in the 1940s, Albert Christensen began carving out a piece of massive red stone in the Utah desert. It eventually became a roadside diner, mostly catering to miners in the area. Later he and his wife, Gladys, excavated 5,000 square feet into the rock, creating their expansive home which included 14 rooms around massive pillars and even included a fireplace and chimney.

Albert died in 1957 with the home not yet completed. Gladys finished it in his memory and then supported herself by making jewelry which she sold in the gift shop. Gladys passed away in 1974 and was buried beside Albert in a special alcove carved into the rock behind their home.

Now days the "hole" where the diner used to be is a gift shop and offers tours of the original house still decorated with its original furnishings. We took the tour yesterday, but no photography was allowed so you'll have to visit the website to see interior photos: http://theholeintherock.com. 

The grounds also include a trading post and general store, as well as interesting sculptures, "big foot", "Mater" from the Cars movie and even a small zoo.

 

Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah

Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah

Hole In The Rock, Moab, Utah

 

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Edward & Celia Maddox
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Now that is a real hole in the rock for sure.  Thanks for sharing photos and info.

Jul 14, 2012 01:48 AM #1
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Tim Lorenz
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5,000 sf home carved into the rock.  I did not know of the home gift shop or the dinner.  Thank for the info.

Jul 14, 2012 01:52 AM #2
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Jay Jones
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That's really neat. Great post and pictures! Have a great weekend!
Jul 14, 2012 02:01 AM #3
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Winston Heverly
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It is fasinating to see photos of other areas andor the attractions from other states.

Jul 14, 2012 02:14 AM #4
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Pacita Dimacali
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Gretchen,

Now, that would make a wonderful documentary. How fascinating. Was this included in Ripley's Believe it or not?

Jul 14, 2012 03:39 PM #5
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Tony & Darcy Cannon
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Gretchen, I have been past it several times but have never stopped, great pictures!

Jul 14, 2012 06:09 PM #6
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Sharon Lee
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Gretchen-That is so cool-I love seeing different parts of the country. I will have to put that on my bucket list. Happy Sunday.

Jul 14, 2012 11:40 PM #7
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OK, being we go to Utah about once a year to see family, this is one we missed and we are going to have to go to next time we go.

Jul 15, 2012 02:40 AM #8
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You have a done a fantastic job. I am impressed of your work. Keep it up.

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