Panaca Ward Chapel
"So I made the mistake of visiting Panaca on a Sunday morning ... with a camera in hand. My casual appearance stood out against the regular suits and dresses worn by early morning church goers. And ... I didn't realize how protective this little town can be. The isolation here is extreme and seems to strengthens the town -- in more ways than one. Self-sufficiency. Liveablity. And of course, a weary gaze toward outsiders. Not many people come this way and Panaca is stronger because of it." -- Journal Entry, March 2009
Original Date Visited: 3/16/09
Notes: Upon your conquering of  your first challenge will be finding a place to park in this protective and very tight-knit community! As you've probably gathered, Panaca folks keep a keen eye on outsiders. If you arrive here on a weekend refrain from parking right next to the marker or in front of the LDS Church. Instead, park right behind the LDS church (the largest building in town) at  Panaca Ward Chapel and walk from there. These two markers is obviously a case of double-conquering.
Oldest building in Lincoln County. Constructed in 1867-1868 of adobe from the swamps west of town.
Built as a Mormon chapel, used also as a school and recreation hall, it is typical of the development in small Mormon pioneer communities in the Intermountain West during the mid-1800's.
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