Relief Society Building

–Photographed 2015 by David Walton

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This small meeting house of the Bluff Relief Society was the center of women's activities. Suffrage meetings were held here in the early 1900s, and cultural, spiritual, health, and home/family improvement lessons were taught. The illustration, lower right, by Remington W. Lane (1893), included this text: “To-day, approaching the beautiful village of Bluff, I could scarcely realize the trials and struggles said to have been endured. We were in a beautiful though quiet country, the features of the landscape clearly marked by ditches of water.
"…And such quaint houses! almost obscured in blossoming fruit trees, flowers, and climbing vines; while the dirt-covered roofs, grown over with grass and wild flowers, are veritable hanging gardens. They are all much alike, these cottages, individual taste cropping out here and there in a brush-covered veranda, or bed of bright flowers in the door-yard. Cottonwood, locust, and box-elder trees canopy with grateful foliage every avenue, and the gutters flow sparkling streams of snow-water, that dashes over beds of pebbles like native brooks. The settlers did not stop with the planting of vegetables and a little grain: they at once began a nursery of fruit and shade trees: ornament and comfort were not forgotten.”

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