Monday, August 24, 2009

Town #21: VIRGIN est. 1857

East of La Verkin is the little town of Virgin. It is named after the nearby Virgin River, but it was almost called Pocketville. We didn't know if this was an official town sign, but it was much more interesting than the little green sign on the outskirts. It was the first of several towns situated right nest to the Virgin River on the way to Zion National Park. All the towns along the river depended on the river in their early development, but the river, like an angry child, would occasionally throw a fit and have flash floods that would destroy half the farms. I think that the people of Virgin should have skipped the farms and just provided sacrificial victims for volcanoes, dragons and big hairy apes. Someone always needs a virgin.

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