The United States Geographical Survery photographer took this photograph in 1911. Joe Swasey is standing in front of the cave they called "Cliff Dweller." It is about six to eight feet deep and twelve feet wide. The Swaseys built a log floor which stood about three feet above the ground. They slept on this floor. It later became known as "Joe's Office." The Swasey brothers drove the family horses and cattle to the San Rafael Swell in the 1870s, and liked it so much they stayed. The Swasey boys' stories have been passed down through the generations until now they are inseparable from the landscape. They called this the Cliff Dweller. In later years, Joe ran the horse trading business and this came came to be known as "Joe's Office." Behind this formation is another sheltered area where the sun never shines. It is cool all year and has ice for part of the year. They stored their foodstuff there and called it "The Refrigerator."
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