Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: Was this the time when they realigned Main Street?

A: In about 1955-56 they took the road on through past our property. That was major then. One thing it opened up a lot more ground for sale for commercial use, instead of just an isolated farm over there. We could no longer farm. I owned the lot where the Pizza Hut sits. And I sold that lot for $2,000 in 1954. 

Q: Doesn’t that get you now?

A: I was so happy because I had tuition money and everything.

Q: How did you see the newcomers and their ideas (because they were coming from such diverse backgrounds) as impacting the social norms here, clubs, religion, kids in schools?

A: I think in general that Moab handled that as well as any little community would have done and probably much better than most little Utah communities because, first of all, Moab was never a solid LDS community. It was settled instead of colonized. That made all the difference in the world, because we had different backgrounds. I think that made it easier. Just the influx of people impact on, “I can’t get to my mailbox, there are too many people in front of me,” those kinds of issues where there are just numbers. I think numbers overwhelmed more than theology or political thought. There were disagreements in those kinds of things, but probably much easier to deal with than you would have found in Logan or in Cedar City at the time.

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