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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Mammoth Valley and Monticello

I added several newspaper articles to the sidebar. These relate to an attempt in the early 1990s by one of the George Wythe founders, Bill Doughty, to establish a new community in southern Utah devoted to constitutionalist thought. No big deal, right? Well the venture, built on a 400-acre plot in Mammoth Valley and in nearby Duck Creek, ended badly. These Deseret News articles speak for themselves.

Doughty, who is currently an adjunct faculty at George Wythe, helped found the school back in 1992 and was one of its first three faculty (the other two were Oliver DeMille and Shanon Brooks). The first year of class was actually held in the new community: at the Meadeau View lodge between Cedar City and Hatch, Utah. The school was forced to move to Cedar for two reasons: a propane explosion crippled the lodge and the Mammoth Valley community was collapsing.

One thing to highlight from the articles is that donors and investors were promised building lots in exchange for money. George Wythe is currently pushing a reboot of this idea: its planned 400-acre campus near Monticello will include building lots for those interested in living among other constitutionalists.

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