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Kent Frost Jeep Photos from 1955 and 1957

• CATEGORIES: Features, Old Images, Old Images Jeeping

The Huntington Digital Library has some more Kent Frost photos from his trips through Canyonlands and other southern Utah places. The photos represent two different trips. Most pics are from an October of 1955 jeep excursion, while one photo is from May of 1957.

This first photo from October of 1955 is a great photo that shows Kent and Fern Frost standing in front of a CJ-2A with a Porter & Reed hardtop. I’m not sure if this was one of their jeeps or not.

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CREDIT: None …. Caption: Fern and Kent Frost next to a CJ-2A. DATE: Oct. 1955.

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CREDIT: J. Ballard Atherton …. Caption: Frost Jeep Party. DATE: Oct. 1955.

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CREDIT: Dudziak, Joseph Lawrence …. Caption: Camp of Kent Frost jeep party near Lizard Rock.. DATE: 1957-05-01

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CREDIT: J. Ballard Atherton …. Caption: Frost Jeep Party. DATE: Oct. 1955.

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Kent Frost – A Man of Canyonlands

• CATEGORIES: Books, Features, Old Images Jeeping, videos, Willys Wagons • TAGS: .

UPDATE: I’ve added two newspaper photos to this post about Kent. One shows him signing copies of his autobiography. The other depicts him with a huge walking stick, one I’m sure could come in handy while exploring ‘his’ beloved canyons.

Even today, Kent’s shadow looms large over the area. Just this last week the Moab Museum screened the “My Canyonlands” film about him.

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June 17, 1971, The San Juan Record: Kent Frost signing books.

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February 11, 2004, The San Juan Record: Kent Frost holding a walking stick.

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Originally published April 1, 2013:


(Above: Kent Frost on the front of his CJ-5 probably helping the driver negotiate an awkward angle)

(Originally Published April 2011) Without a doubt, my favorite part about running this website are the unexpected, interesting people to whom I’m introduced (if only virtually).  One of those people is Kent Frost, a product of the Four Corners area and whom we caught glimpses of in Alan’s color photos of the 1961 Four Corners trip.

Doug commented on one of the Four Corner posts that he had read a book by Kent Frost called “My Canyonlands”, published in 1971. I’m very happy that Doug mentioned the book, because I ordered it and have enjoyed it immensely.  Kent describes all kinds of adventures and early trips into remote areas of the four corners region.  He loved to explore and hike, later jeep and river run, and that remote area has given him a lifetime of experiences.

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Kent Frost’s Jeep Reaches 100,000 Miles

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UPDATE: This article from the San Juan Record dated October 22, 1965,  provides more information on Kent Frost’s jeep Ruby and his treks over Elephant Hill.

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1966-01-fourwheeler-kent-frost-ruby2A better example of the photo appeared in the January 1966 Four Wheeler Magazine

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Original Post November 08, 2016: In January of 1966, Four Wheeler Magazine reported that Kent Frost’s CJ-5 Ruby had surpassed 100,00 miles. During that time Frost estimated he had crossed Elephant Hill 195 times through all kinds of weather, both day and night. Fittingly, the birthday celebration was held at the top of the hill. Here are a few pics of Ruby:
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“Dull” Town of Monticello, Utah, “Explodes” with Excitement in 1935

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Search for more information on Kent Frost, explorer by foot and jeep of Canyonland National Park, was injured by an exploding water tank in this unusual turn of events in the normally dull town (probably) of Monticello. The instigator of the fire was only try to fix a lamp….

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CREDIT: November 26, 1935, Salt Lake Tribune

 

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Circa 1963 Photo of CJ-5 at Canyonlands

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This photo of a CJ-5 with a bed extension (possibly Kent Frost’s jeep) was taken in the Needles District of Canyonlands in 1963 or 1964. It can be viewed more in-depth at the Utah State Historical Society’s website.

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CREDIT: Utah State Historical — Society https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6zw391g .. “Jeep party is shown ascending steep pitch through Needles area of projected Canyonlands National Park.”

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1962 National Geographic Trip in Canyonlands

• CATEGORIES: Features, Magazine, Old Images Jeeping

For five days in July of 1961, then-Interior Secretary Stewart Udall, Canyonland-legend Kent Frost, and a posse of government folks toured the Caynyonlands area by jeep, boat and helicopter. The huge tour was Udall’s idea, which probably explains why National Geographic was invited on the trip. Udall’s efforts paid off with Utah Democratic Senator Frank Moss proposing Canyonlands National Park (learn more here). The bill was signed on September 12, 1964. What an amazing trip that must have been.

The National Geographic published the story in the May 1962 issue under the title, Cities of Stone in Utah’s Canyonland. The magazine only published one jeep photo, but they did include a map with tiny jeeps showing the route taken.

View all the May 1962 National Geographics on ebay

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1948 Wagon Parkway Trailer Madison, WI **SOLD**

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UPDATE: **SOLD** Was $1200.

(03/16/2014) I think this is the sixth different wagon-into-trailer that I’ve listed (see here for the others). Kent Frost‘s has been the nicest I’ve seen.

“Willy’s wagon made into pull behind camper in the 1960’s. Has the hard to find ambulance or ‘barn doors’ in back. I used to pull it behind my Willys to swap meets. Have the parts to make this complete for street rod / rat rod / rock climber / etc. $1200. as is.”

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1961 Video on San Juan County, Utah

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As a former Utahn, I found this video interesting. I never knew that Mexican Hat was named for a rock formation (but I’ve only been through there once). The video is a half hour. To view it, click the photo below. Then, click the “Play” button.

Travelogue produced and narrated by Al Morton for San Juan County, Utah, in 1961. It covers the scenic sights of San Juan County, including Rainbow Bridge, Looking Glass Rock, Monticello, Blanding, Bluff, Recapture Canyon, the Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, the Goosenecks of the San Juan, Monument Valley; Hovenweep National Monument; Newspaper Rock; Natural Bridges National Monument; the Canyonlands Needles area, Angel Arch, and Dead Horse Point. A significant portion of the film involves a Jeep tour run by Kent and Fern Frost. Includes references to local industries, the Navajo Indians, and the settlement by the San Juan Mission in 1878-1879. Run time: 30 minutes, 3 seconds;