Oral Histories

Bill Meador

b.1933

Bill Meador

Q: Did you interact at all with neighboring communities, Monticello, Green River, and Blanding?

A: Basically the interaction during the uranium time, outside of the school athletic programs and the families that had relatives in both Monticello and Blanding (like Lyn had) I don’t know that there was any “Let’s share the cost of a community welfare program” or a bridge or things of that nature. There wasn’t that kind of interaction. Monticello and Blanding were going through some of their own growth changes and struggling to beat heck with those. I personally was not involved with anything to the uranium boom and community interactions.

Q: What about the impact the government agencies, the parks, BLM, Forest Service started making on the area as it became developed?

A: I don’t remember associating any of those agencies necessarily with the uranium boom. The BLM was an outgrowth of the Taylor Grazing Act and it became much more important in the lives of friends of mine, like Mr. Taylor who owned cattle and the families that I knew that interacted. The leasing agreements of course, the miners had concerns about the ability to get to properties or to lease properties whatever the case may be. All of the agencies grew rapidly, but so did all the agencies in Washington D.C. so I don’t know. Maybe it was simply the middle fifties and the ten years following World War II that things just mushroomed in all respects to government control, government interests, you have to have five forms to do whatever. I don’t know that the uranium industry per se impacted that near as much as just the sociology and change in the United States government.

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