BLUFF, Utah — Not much was known about southeastern Utah when pioneer settlers were directed by President John Taylor in 1879 to leave their established homes in Parowan and Cedar City, Utah, and forge their way across generally unfamiliar territory.

With more faith than resources, they embarked on a journey that endured six months and required the descending of a sheer rock crevice in the Colorado River gorge now known as Hole in the Rock.

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