There are quite a few vehicles left on the San Rafael Swell as remnants of the Uranium Boom of the 1950s. The rugged terrain and rough roads brought early death to automobiles of that time. Owen McClennahan said in his history of Uranium on the San Rafael Swell, "In the year 1949. . . a large government program was encouraging men to prospect with bonuses paid for special high grade uranium ore. Men by the thousands flocked into these wastelands in old jalopy automobiles and army surplus jeeps. Here they climbed steep slopes until they reached the mineralized sandstones. The worst thing that could happen to a prospector would be to find just enough to raise his hopes, his dreams and encourage his irresponsibility to raise money in any devious way he could. Many men lost everything they owned, including their wife and family."
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