The Moab Story

From Cowpokes to Bike Spokes

by Tom McCourt


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The town of Moab is a fascinating place with a fascinating history—there is no place like it. Author Tom McCourt gathers the reader ’round the campfire to spin the true tale of Moab from the town’s humble, sometimes violent beginnings, to its rise as the nation’s Mecca of outdoor recreation.

Discover secrets like:

  • The naming of Moab and what it may or may not mean (depending on who tells the story).
  • Who hid out in “Robber’s Roost” and how a cattle rustler and bank robber became Justice of the Peace.
  • Old legends retold, and don’t be surprised if you encounter the Moki Scream and the Ghost Wolf while camping around Moab!
  • How the Uranium Boom began, who was crowned Moab’s Uranium Queen, and how the Uranium King figured out how to watch Leave it to Beaver at 10,000 feet.
  • The magical properties of Moab’s water—from binding a couple in matrimony to granting dancing skills and sparking history-making movements.

Anyone who has fallen in love with this one-of-a-kind town will appreciate the historical gems collected in this easy-to-read, entertaining book.


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Johnson Books









5.5 x 8.5

Publication Date

March 2018

The Author

Tom McCourt

Tom McCourt is a native son of the deserts and canyons of eastern Utah. An avid outdoorsman, he has worked as a farmer, a cowboy, a surveyor, a coal miner, a social worker, a newspaper staff writer and columnist, and a tour guide. Tom has a degree in Anthropology from the University of Utah and served as an Officer in the U.S. Army. He makes his home and writes in rural Carbon County, Utah.