Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: What was the impact of the newcomers in terms of stores, restaurants, electricity, sewers, gas, the whole bit? How did this evolve from your perspective?

A: Well, you could wait half a day to make a long distance call. The telephone lines and everything were impacted with too many people and too few services. And that wears on people; however, growth is a lot easier to deal with than cutting back. Depression is a lot tougher on people. So people put up with a lot of those inconveniences and of course they traveled and shopped in other areas. But for Moab itself, the resources were taxed to the maximum. They cause their own particular kinds of problems when that happens.

Q: Where did you shop for groceries?

A: Millers, the old Millers Store and then later when they moved out to their shop where Walker Drug is, that area.

Q: Gas stations?

A: Gas stations were Robertson Brothers and Utah Gas on the corner where the Best Western Motel is. Again, it’s too few services and too many people. It happened like the boomtowns that you read about. That happened to Moab. Moab became a boomtown and that did not lend itself well to a smooth transition from a light agricultural lost community to a world-known boomtown.

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