Rod Swasey was next to the oldest brother in a group who became known as the Swasey Boys.The Swasey brothers went to the San Rafael Swell with the family's herds of cattle and horses in the 1870s. Liking the Swell so much, they basically made it home for many years. The Swasey Boys included Charlie--the oldest brother, Rod, Sid, and Joe--the youngest. They made their living wrangling the wild horses along with their own, breaking the young ones and selling them. Their adventures and stories are embedded in the Swell as deeply as the fossils. And the Swell abounds with geologic features bearing their names. Rod's Valley, Sid's Mountain, Charley Flat, Joe's Office; Joe and His Dog; Sid and Charlie; Swasey Hole; Family Butte are just some of them. Rod later lived in Green River then settled in Joe's Valley for a while and then moved to Castle Dale. He married Mary Ann Wayman.
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