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Postby CowboySlim on Thu May 29, 2003 11:39 pm

Two days after saving the Germans, we passed through Colorado City, Az. (formerly known as Short Creek). Stopped in town to buy stuff at the main grocery store (cooperative).

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Who found it quite interesting.
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Postby MonteLDS on Fri May 30, 2003 11:29 am

most people would of PM that kind of message.... And I am completly confussed :lol:
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Postby CowboySlim on Fri May 30, 2003 1:58 pm

MonteLDS,

Please note: I make no value judgements with respect to the choices of others.

Respectfully,
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Postby MonteLDS on Fri May 30, 2003 4:21 pm

Dear Slim,
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Postby CDRecorder on Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:25 am

??? :-?
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Postby MonteLDS on Mon Jun 02, 2003 2:48 am

LiteOnGuy wrote:??? :-?


ya i am just as confussed :D
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Postby cfitz on Mon Jun 02, 2003 11:09 am

From http://www.arizonan.com/ColoradoCity/ :

During the 1860’s, several Mormon families came to Short Creek to build a community. The town was known as Short Creek because of a nearby stream that sank into the sand before it had traveled very far.
It wasn’t until 1890, when the community became a topic of conversation. The Mormon Church declared that polygamy was no longer tolerated. This stand was made, in order to help gain statehood for Utah.

A group of religious fundamentalists from Utah were unhappy with the decree and began a search for refuge. They found Short Creek. Short Creek also had the community of Hilldale, Utah just across the border. These two towns held onto the same religious beliefs.

It wasn’t until many years later in 1953, when the mood changed. Governor Pyle of Arizona was concerned, as were many others, that the community was involved in the violation of several laws. Laws of tax fraud and polygamy were at top of the list. Federal and State officials raided the town.

Over 200 children were taken and placed in foster homes in Phoenix. There were 27 arrests receiving a one-year probationary sentence. Eventually, all of the families were reunited.
The raid proved to be a bad decision on the part of Governor Pyle. He did not win his re-election. The public found the raid unacceptable.
The town officially changed its name from Short Creek to Colorado City in 1963 and was incorporated in 1985.

Today, Colorado City is a town of strong family values. Currently, the government’s policy seems to be “live and let lie.” The town has moved from its traditional economic sources of agriculture and ranching to manufacturing and business. This change has caused urban expansion and growth.


From what I understand polygamy is still practiced there, and, if not encouraged, at least tolerated.

I presume that Slim mentioned his visit because of this town's historic ties to the Church of Latter Day Saints, of which MonteLDS is a proud member.

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Postby MonteLDS on Mon Jun 02, 2003 3:09 pm

cfitz wrote:From http://www.arizonan.com/ColoradoCity/ :

During the 1860’s, several Mormon families came to Short Creek to build a community. The town was known as Short Creek because of a nearby stream that sank into the sand before it had traveled very far.
It wasn’t until 1890, when the community became a topic of conversation. The Mormon Church declared that polygamy was no longer tolerated. This stand was made, in order to help gain statehood for Utah.

A group of religious fundamentalists from Utah were unhappy with the decree and began a search for refuge. They found Short Creek. Short Creek also had the community of Hilldale, Utah just across the border. These two towns held onto the same religious beliefs.

It wasn’t until many years later in 1953, when the mood changed. Governor Pyle of Arizona was concerned, as were many others, that the community was involved in the violation of several laws. Laws of tax fraud and polygamy were at top of the list. Federal and State officials raided the town.

Over 200 children were taken and placed in foster homes in Phoenix. There were 27 arrests receiving a one-year probationary sentence. Eventually, all of the families were reunited.
The raid proved to be a bad decision on the part of Governor Pyle. He did not win his re-election. The public found the raid unacceptable.
The town officially changed its name from Short Creek to Colorado City in 1963 and was incorporated in 1985.

Today, Colorado City is a town of strong family values. Currently, the government’s policy seems to be “live and let lie.” The town has moved from its traditional economic sources of agriculture and ranching to manufacturing and business. This change has caused urban expansion and growth.


From what I understand polygamy is still practiced there, and, if not encouraged, at least tolerated.

I presume that Slim mentioned his visit because of this town's historic ties to the Church of Latter Day Saints, of which MonteLDS is a proud member.

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never heard of the place before. I have heard of so many cities those that do this, but just for the record these people who act in polygamy are not of my faith.
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Postby cfitz on Mon Jun 02, 2003 3:15 pm

MonteLDS wrote:just for the record these people who act in polygamy are not of my faith.

I wasn't implying that they are. That is why I said historic ties, not current ties.

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Postby CowboySlim on Tue Jun 03, 2003 2:47 pm

cfitz: great research.

The town is still 100% polygamistic today. We got off the main highway and went to the store in the town center. We stood out like sore thumbs. every woman and female child dresses like "Little House on the Prairie."

It is true that there has been significant growth in the last thirty years.

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