Moab – day two – 11 :52 PM – weather : rain, wind and snow – temperature : 31°F (-1°C)
The weather was suddenly changing, and I decided to postpose my trip to the desert.
The Grand County of Moab, 125 E Center Street, is one of the rare recently constructed buildings of the city, and about 3 minutes walking from my hotel.
I was first speaking to a few officers, asking about the possibility to visit the jail, and take some pictures, but this is not allowed. Anyway, this building is too recent – builded around 1990 – for house the jail where Tulse was kept as a prisoner. After a last, little and pleasant conversation about my quest with the sheriff of Moab, mister Jim Nyland, I decided to continue my researches at the museum of the city, just accross the street.
I met first Mrs. Kathy McGill, and after a few minutes of research this very conscientious lady, helped by Mr. Travis Schenck, Director of the Museum, found a few documents related to the jail’s history. The first jail of Moab was a very little and summary construction builded at the very end of the 19th century. The place still exists, and is used as a small restaurant called the Jailhouse Cafe. Next came the Grand County Courthouse, located Northeast corner of Center and 1st East. Ground breaking ceremonies for the construction of the native sandstone courthouse was in 1903, after passage of $10.000 bond issue. White sandstone with red sandstone trim made the building an outstanding example of local masonry. The building also housed the public library, but that beautiful courthouse doesn’t exist no more!
This is, I’m afraid, one more dead end in my quest about Tulse Luper and suitcase 92, and I dont really expect to find other helpful evidences concerning Tulse here in Moab. I need a period of reflexion.
Head of Research of the Global Connected Researcher Union
*with the courtesy of the Museum of Moab