In a quick five hours last Friday workers moved 1,600 tons of dirt for cowboys to land in during the Days of '47 Rodeo being held this week in the Salt Palace.

Salt Lake City and County work crews moved 120 dump-truck loads of dirt into the palace Friday for the rodeo, which continues until Monday, said Greg Charles, a Salt Lake City Public Works supervisor.Crews moved the dirt from a stockpile to inside the palace where brahma bulls and bucking broncs will do their utmost to give competing riders a chance to closely inspect the crew's efforts.

Charles credited public works grader operator Terry Austin for "making the dust fly" to complete the job in slightly more than half a work day.

"It used to take us eight or nine hours, but now we've got it down so that it takes us about five hours," Charles said.