Oral Histories

Sam Taylor


Sam Taylor

Samuel John Taylor

Interviewed by Rusty Salmon, July 25, 2003, at Moab, Utah


Question (Rusty): Why don’t we start with a little bit of your Taylor family history? Where does Loren Taylor fit into the greater Taylor clan?

Answer (Sam): He was the grandson of Norman Taylor who was an 18-year-old wheelwright on the Brigham Young wagon train in 1847. His father’s name was Arthur. He was one of a number of sons that Norman had from his first wife. His second wife, who was his first wife’s sister, had a few children, too. And we’ve identified 6 or 7 other wives that he had, too. He got around. My father was also born in Moab in a large log cabin behind what is now the Old Ranchhouse, which was the family homestead. The family lived in the log cabin while they built the ranch house, which was probably the first “mansion” if you want to call it that, in town.

Q: Were there any other earlier buildings or earlier residents that you know of, on that property?

A: No. And that surprises me, because there were 3 or 4 families that came in a year before the Taylors came in. And why they bypassed that marvelous spring is amazing to me. That’s the main reason that Arthur and Norman settled there was because of the abundance of fresh clean water. That spring now is owned by Moab City. Incidentally, the log cabin that my dad was born in, we salvaged. It had been moved down to where the Orchard Villa townhouses are being built. When it was apparent that it was standing in the way of progress down there (it’s a huge log cabin), the contractor on the job and the owner of the property both knew the cabin’s background and offered it to me if I’d move it out of there. They said if it doesn’t get out of there, they would burn it down. And so we moved that cabin over to our little nine-acre farm and erected it again on a concrete pad down by Pack Creek. We subdivided our acreage a number of years ago and sold the parcel including the cabin to our son Zane and his wife Molly. So now the cabin is theirs, which is appropriate since they haqve done the restoration themselves, including a wood-burning stove, electricity, and running water. It will be marvelous when it’s done – sort of a rustic guest house.

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