Sunday, June 12, 2016

Mysteries and Legends

The title above is not complete. It is a long one, Mysteries and Legends - Utah - True Stories of the Unsolved and Unexplained, a book by Michael O'Reilly.

Being from Utah, I found the book interesting and some of the legends I never heard of while living there, like Chapter 10, The Ghosts of Heritage Park. I had never heard of Brigham Young's Farmhouse being haunted by the ghost of Anna Eliza Young, Brigham's nineteenth wife. But maybe no one talked about it back in the 1930's and '40's. Mister Young had several houses and I'm sure most of 'em were haunted looking back on it now.

Another Chapter tells about Charlie Steen, the Uranium King, and his life as a millionaire and before he hit the jackpot.

There is a chapter on aliens that are seen now and then in the area of my hometown. My niece mentioned the strange things happening on her ranch a few years back. Aliens? Maybe?

And there is the Chapter on the long hunt for Rafael Lopez, the murderer of the early 1900's at the Bingham copper mine. They, the law, never caught up with him while he was alive. Woops, I let some of it out of the bag, but you will be surprised where it comes to the end.

There is more, like on Bigfoot, the tragedy at Mountain Meadows, the handcart fiasco, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, of course, and even more.

The book is a 6"x9" paperback published by The Globe Pecquot Press in Connecticut, a part of Morris Book Publishing who holds the 2009 copyright. The author has a Master's Degree from the University of Utah and lives in Salt Lake City.

I give it a good three and a half stars for its entertainment, writing, and amount of interest it was to me..


  1. Sounds like enjoyable reading - I like books full of local or area tales.

  2. I'd definitely be interested in a book like that about an area I knew.

    1. Local legends, etc., add to the enjoyment of life in an area.

  3. I like these kinds of books. They often give me ideas for tales.

    1. There are many good ideas for stories in there, Charles.