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Otho Murphy

The youngest child of one of the first Euro-American families to settle in Utah, Murphy’s father Felix marched with the Mormon Battalion, the only religion-based unit in U.S. military history. Murphy worked in farming, ranching, prospecting, and surveying – and was an accomplished artist and singer-songwriter. He authored The Moab Story and was elected County Attorney, only to sue the Board of County Commissioners for offering him a $10 annual salary rather than the $1,000 per year his predecessor earned. Murphy’s legacy is found in the places that bear his name, including Otho Natural Bridge in Mill Creek Canyon and Murphy Lane in Moab.

 

Otho Murphy

At 90 years old, Otho Murphy records his own 1920's composition, "The Moab Mellow Moon".