Scott Thybony discusses book 'The Disappearances'


FORT GARLAND — On Wednesday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the Mess Hall at Fort Garland Museum, anthropologist and writer Scott Thybony will discuss his book, “The Disappearances; a Story of Exploration, Murder and Mystery in the American West.”

In 1935, during the wind-swept years of the Dust Bowl, three people went missing on separate occasions in the rugged canyon country of southeastern Utah. A 13-year old girl, Lucy Garrett, was tricked into heading west with the man who had murdered her father. At the same time, a search was underway for Dan Thrapp, a young scientist on leave from the American Museum of Natural History. Others were scouring the same region for an artist, Everett Ruess, who had disappeared into “the perfect labyrinth.” Intrigued by this unusual string of coincidental disappearances, Scott Thybony set out to learn what happened to each.

Scott Thybony is a former river guide and archeologist who writes books and articles for major magazines and newspapers. His interviews have ranged from astronauts to medicine men, and his travels through North America have resulted in award-winning stories.

Join in an interesting evening of tales from the American West.  This free event is sponsored by the Friends of Fort Garland Museum. For more information contact Fort Garland Museum at 719-379-3512.