Reality intrudes on Big Rock Candy Mountain
The bluebirds no longer sing by the lemonade springs: The Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort on the Sevier River near Marysvale, Utah, is bankrupt. The sulphur- and chocolate-colored mountain, celebrated in a song written by Harry McClintock and sung by Burl Ives, attracted visitors from around the world who during the 1950s drank its mineral-rich spring water, rumored to have healing powers. Families on the way to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park stopped to view the stunning Candy Mountain, and writer Wallace Stegner titled a book after it. The resort was doomed by the arrival of Interstate 70 and air-conditioned cars that enabled tourists to drive for longer stretches without pausing. Efforts to find a buyer for the resort, including an auction in August, have failed, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.