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A Utah man and his ghost town: a love story

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 12:08 a.m. MDT

The sign may say it's open, but the gas station in Woodside, Utah, has been closed for decades. Considered a ghost town since the 1970s, Woodside is now for sale by the family that owns the 700-acre townsite. The asking price is $3.9 million. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News) The sign may say it's open, but the gas station in Woodside, Utah, has been closed for decades. Considered a ghost town since the 1970s, Woodside is now for sale by the family that owns the 700-acre townsite. The asking price is $3.9 million. (Geoff Liesik, Deseret News)

Our take: Spending time and energy on one thing can produce a deep love and understanding for something. For Roy Pogue, that was his 700 acres of land three hours southeast of Salt Lake City. Pogue, has finally relented and put a for sale sign up for his land. John M. Glionna from the Los Angeles Times has the story:

"Roy Pogue has loved a lot of things in his 63 years — like his wife, Chris, and her little Daffy Duck tattoo, not to mention the couple's six children.

"Yet few things have made his heart go flip-flop more than a dry-gulch piece of land out in the middle of Utah's nowhere.

"Sometimes, love truly is blind. A lot of words describe Pogue's backside-of-beyond parcel, where rust rules and the thermometers have all surrendered to the cold and the heat. One of those words is Godforsaken."

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