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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.
In 1924, Tom Mix starred in a movie that was filmed in Kanab. Since that time, more than 100 feature films have been shot in Utah's "Little Hollywood."
It's true the main reason the movie business loves this part of our beautiful state is the scenery. And local business people have cultivated the movie industry in Kanab by making those involved feel welcome and appreciated.
The three Parry brothers, Gronway, Chauncey and Whit, essentially were the forefathers of the movie business in Kanab. They knew a great opportunity awaited Kane County if they could somehow nurture and encourage Hollywood to come to Kanab.
It wasn't easy for the first directors, producers and actors to get to Kanab. They would come by railroad to Cedar City and then shuttle into Kanab. The Parry boys built the Parry Lodge to accommodate them. Whit ended up running the lodge and the restaurant.
Initially, Parry Lodge had 24 small cottages, and it was the only motel in town. Local townspeople would often accommodate the guests in their homes because there were not enough motel rooms.
The Lodge's general manager is now Brian Palmer, and Steve Heaton, a St. George businessman, owns it.
I was interested to see many of the rooms are named after stars that have stayed at the Lodge. These include the John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Maureen O'Hara, Ronald Reagan and James Garner rooms.
The property has expanded several times over the years and now has 89 rooms. I noticed a large old, wooden barn in the middle of the complex. Brian said the barn was once used to keep horses that were in the movies.
Incidentally, Brian just recently returned from Iraq. He is delighted to be back managing the Lodge.
For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.