Marie Ogden's search for truth in the Utah desert

Marie Ogden's search for truth in the Utah desert

Marie Ogden was one of the first 'New Age' religious practitioners
A young Marie Ogden sits with her typewriter. She claimed to get direct messages from God when she began to type. In the 1930s, she bought The San Juan Record, the only newspaper in San Juan County, Utah, to further her religious teachings by publishing her beliefs.
Marie Ogden led a socialite’s life in New Jersey before her husband died in 1929. Devastated by his death, she experimented with a variety of religious beliefs then formed her own spiritual colony and moved to Dry Valley, Utah, where she felt her followers would be safe from coming floods and earthquakes.
The cookhouse at the Outer Portal, near U.S. Highway 191 and the road to Moab, is on private property. Marie Ogden taught that Jesus would descend for the second coming at Church Rock, which can be seen across the highway.
A sandy road leads up to Marie’s house at the Home of Truth. She called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains.
Marie’s Place is a handmade wooden sign at the entrance to half a dozen cabins and original buildings that were part of the Home of Truth religious commune. All structures are on private property.
A sandy road leads up to Marie Ogden’s house at the Home of Truth. The house, like all the others, was built with simple frame lumber, had no insulation and no dry wall.
The cookhouse at the Outer Portal, which is near U.S. Highway 191 and the road to Moab, is on private property. Marie Ogden taught that Jesus would descend for the second coming at Church Rock, which can be seen across the highway.
A sandy road leads up to Marie Ogden’s house at the Home of Truth. She called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains.
Marie Ogden called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains. The house, like all the others, was built with simple frame lumber, had no insulation and no dry wall. The cabins are on private property.
An older Marie Ogden who lead a religious commune in Dry Valley, Utah, north of Monticello, looks out from a display case of objects used at The Home of Truth. On display are an iron, washboard, soap and cooking utensils. The exhibit is at the Southeast Utah Welcome Center in Monticello.

Marie Ogden's search for truth in the Utah desert

A young Marie Ogden sits with her typewriter. She claimed to get direct messages from God when she began to type. In the 1930s, she bought The San Juan Record, the only newspaper in San Juan County, Utah, to further her religious teachings by publishing her beliefs.
Marie Ogden led a socialite’s life in New Jersey before her husband died in 1929. Devastated by his death, she experimented with a variety of religious beliefs then formed her own spiritual colony and moved to Dry Valley, Utah, where she felt her followers would be safe from coming floods and earthquakes.
The cookhouse at the Outer Portal, near U.S. Highway 191 and the road to Moab, is on private property. Marie Ogden taught that Jesus would descend for the second coming at Church Rock, which can be seen across the highway.
A sandy road leads up to Marie’s house at the Home of Truth. She called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains.
Marie’s Place is a handmade wooden sign at the entrance to half a dozen cabins and original buildings that were part of the Home of Truth religious commune. All structures are on private property.
A sandy road leads up to Marie Ogden’s house at the Home of Truth. The house, like all the others, was built with simple frame lumber, had no insulation and no dry wall.
The cookhouse at the Outer Portal, which is near U.S. Highway 191 and the road to Moab, is on private property. Marie Ogden taught that Jesus would descend for the second coming at Church Rock, which can be seen across the highway.
A sandy road leads up to Marie Ogden’s house at the Home of Truth. She called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains.
Marie Ogden called her compound the Inner Portal and her home, the largest one there, features a wrap-around porch to the east, west and south and uninterrupted views of Dry Valley and the Blue Mountains. The house, like all the others, was built with simple frame lumber, had no insulation and no dry wall. The cabins are on private property.
An older Marie Ogden who lead a religious commune in Dry Valley, Utah, north of Monticello, looks out from a display case of objects used at The Home of Truth. On display are an iron, washboard, soap and cooking utensils. The exhibit is at the Southeast Utah Welcome Center in Monticello.
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