This Day, That Year – November 18

This Day, That Year – November 18

This day in history we feature the Utah Monolith. State biologists of the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources discovered the Utah Monolith on this day in 2020.

Trivia – Utah Monolith

The Utah Monolith is a metal pillar that stood in a red sandstone slot canyon in northern San Juan County, Utah, United States. The pillar is 3 m (9.8 ft) tall and made of metal sheets riveted into a triangular prism. It was unlawfully placed on public land between July and October 2016; it stood unnoticed for over four years until its discovery and removal in late 2020. The identity of its makers is unknown, as are their objectives.

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Utah state biologists discovered the monolith in November 2020 during a helicopter survey of wild bighorn sheep. Within days of its discovery, members of the public found the pillar using GPS mapping software and made their way to the remote location. Following intense media coverage, it was covertly removed on November 27, 2020, by four residents of Moab, Utah. After nearly a month in their possession, the monolith was given to the Bureau of Land Management and is currently in their custody. Following the discovery of the monolith, over two hundred similar metal columns were erected in other places throughout the world, including elsewhere in North America and countries in Europe and South America. Many were built by local artists as deliberate imitations of the Utah monolith. Hutchings noted that the object appeared man-made, and had been planted in the ground instead of being dropped from the sky. On November 20, the Utah Department of Public Safety (DPS) posted a photo of the pillar on Instagram. On November 23, the DPS released videos and photographs of the object, but not its exact location, on their website saying: “DPS Aero Bureau Encounters Monolith in Red Rock Country”.

Source – Wikipedia

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