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Thread #111459   Message #2356148
Posted By: Mark Ross
03-Jun-08 - 09:39 AM
Thread Name: Utah Phillips Tribute May 31 - Nevada City, CA
Subject: RE: Utah Phillips memorial remembered
I just returned from Nevada City last night. It was an emotional week, with my fellow tramps, members of the Rose Tattoo, family, myriad friends, and copious amounts of alcohol and tears, cermonies and remembrances that will be forever seared into my brain. Utah was borne to his final resting place, high on a hill, in a plain pine coffin, carried on a black carriage drawn by two beautiful matched Clydesdales, and laid to rest in the far corner under an oak tree. It's within walking distance of the house, so Joanna will not have to go far, and will be able to visit him every day. The memorial on Sunday was attended by over a thousand people, sitting in the sun at the Little League ball park, one of Utah's favorite places in town. Just thinking over the events of this last week is a little too much for me, so I will end this and try and write more later.

Mark Ross