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Accountant Ronald Bodtcher
Discovery and Documentation 2010

The back side of the Capitol Reef Wandering Boulder was first documented in 2010 by amateur archaeologist and historian Ronald Bodtcher, who rediscovered the boulder 5/11/2010. The pioneer graffiti, along with a previously unpublished manuscript from the 1800's, were an important part of the many documents, photographs and other material that Bodtcher relied upon in uncovering and reporting the true history of the founding of the Junction (now Fruita in Capitol Reef National Park). Bodtcher is the person responsible for documenting and reporting the initial settlement by Franklin Wheeler Young and his family.

In his formal survey, which was completed from 7/12/2010 to 10/06/2010, Bodtcher says of the boulder: "Incised lava rock used by amateur archaeologist Noel Morss to define the Fremont Culture of Eastern Utah in 1928. Includes graffiti made in 1885 by Mormon Pioneer settlers of what is now the Fruita Rural Historic District (NRHP #97000240)." Later, Bodtcher discovered a second, previously-undocumented spiral on top of the boulder. This faint, highly-eroded marking was nearly washed away by 30+ years of rainwater pouring down on the boulder from the roof of an adjacent building.

Digital painting of the boulder discovered by amateur archaeologist Ronald Bodtcher.
Digital painting of the boulder discovered by amateur archaeologist Ronald Bodtcher. Source: Ronald Bodtcher

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