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Readers share their Hobbitville memories.

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Cover Story, Jan. 10, "Hobbitville's Last Days"
Mr. David Hampshire:
Thanks for your story. I very much enjoyed it, and was interested to learn of the property's fate after so many years of driving by and wondering about the neglect.
I spent a lot of time as a youngster in the '50s at my grandparent's house a bit farther north on 13th East and recall many walks with my grandmother down to the now-gone Harman's Restaurant on 21st South (the second of the nation's Kentucky Fried Chicken outlets, where none other than Col. Sanders once told me he was "Santa Claus' brother"), always stopping on the way back for a short detour through Allen Park. I will never forget the great collection of beautiful, exotic birds and the wonderful tile-inscribed markers throughout that so fascinated me. A dear, now deceased friend also lived there for some time in the '70s to add to my memories.
John Paul Brophy
Salt Lake City

About 45 years ago a broken-down car left me adrift in Salt Lake City for a few days, during which time I wandered into Allen Park. The place was stunning—a world apart and ultimately the experience was one reason I decided to live in the city. David Hampshire's story brought back many good memories and is much appreciated. Allen Park is remarkable and should be saved, if for no other reason than to exist as a moment out of time. I can see Tom Bombadil fitting comfortably in Allen Park. Thanks for the memories.
E. O'Neil Robinson
Norman, Okla.

I lived in a cabin and in one of the duplexes there for several years. There is nothing like it—a truly magical place and I was sad to leave. Thank you for this article as I knew that its demise would surely come someday and always wondered what had come of it. I would love to see it commemorated in some way because it holds a special place in Sugar House history.
Kate Empey
Via cityweekly.net

What a genuinely entertaining article. Thank you for giving me a walk down memory lane before it's too late. Though I trespassed there as a teenager, I am grateful that I revered this haven and kept my delinquencies to other places in the valley. Too bad they can't relocate most of this to Memory Grove along City Creek. It would be a shame to lose such bohemian art, in trade for another trail.
Jason Tomlin
Via cityweekly.net

My grandparents lived in an upstairs apartment in one of the buildings when they were newlyweds in 1944 or so. I lived in the dorms at Westminster for a couple years. We would often watch/harass the kids sneaking into Allen Park from the balconies of Hogle Hall. I hope that it can be preserved and not developed. It's a magical place.
Lisa Harris
Via Facebook

I admit to being one of those college kids sneaking in to what I thought was "Hobbitville" back in the day. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.
@Amy_Iverson
Via Twitter

I remember when Westminster was considering buying it to build dorms. The president at the time, decided against. It's a magical place and I never visited.
Joe Stewart
Via Facebook

One of my favorite cover stories!
@kendrarpugh
Via Instagram

Salt Lake City is letting so many of the quaint things that made downtown unique history in the name of high-rise developments. Please, I hope they keep this little adorable niche in the heart of the growing city.
Cathie Gallegos Chansamone Costanzo
Via Facebook

This makes me so sad. All of the amazing places that made SLC unique are being destroyed. What an amazing article, loved it so much, wish that there was a book on the history of the Allens and Allen Park.
@HSuzyq123
Via Twitter

I loved this place as a young adult. Ventured through there many times hoping to see a "For Rent" sign. It was like crossing over into another world when I visited there.
Robyn Howard Sheriff
Via Facebook

Interesting article. I never ventured in there but have driven in front of it thousands of times. Wish I'd gone in.
Cory L. Murray
Via Facebook

Grew up hearing the myth behind "Hobbitville." Even got yelled at myself making a U-turn through the property. I really hope they simply update, refurbish and preserve the look and feel instead of building yet another Sugar House condo monstrosity.
@stephendominik
Via Twitter

May it not fall into the hands of the short-sighted development community around the Salt Lake Valley. I realize this is a pollyanna-ish attitude, and I have no money to backup my wish, but coming from Philadelphia, where history is cherished, something should be done to commemorate this place.
George J. Labonty
Via cityweekly.net

Thanks for the in-depth story that really captures the spirit of the place. Seems like the riparian designation and historic value are the threads that could preserve some of its uniqueness. Is it or could it be designated a historic landmark site?
Sylvia Nibley
Via cityweekly.net

I hope they are able to preserve it in some way. I remember the mystery and magic that surrounded it in high school. It was like a secret little fairytale land.
Melanie Hollander
Via Facebook

I've lived near Allen Park for 30 years and took my kids for walks past it. Sometimes, we would go in 100 feet or so and read the monuments. My kids and I loved it. I hope the character is preserved.
Kissimi Bukus
Via cityweekly.net

I grew up right next to Hobbitville and have endless memories of the place. It's truly one of SLC's wonderful hidden treasures, with such a cool history. So sad to see it go!
Sarah Moselle Storey
Via Facebook

Hobbitville will be missed
Lock Young
Via Facebook

This was such an interesting read! I live in Bountiful, so I haven't heard of this place but I asked a coworker who lives near Sugar House and she was excited to learn the history behind it.
@AnnLettering
Via Instagram

[Allen Park is on] the street behind me. We always get peacocks roaming our street in the spring.
Lark Kendall
Via Facebook

I was there 50 years ago—quaint, quiet and lovely. I hope it stays.
JoAnne Ray
Via Facebook

Ahh, yes. We knew it as "Hobbit Lands." We'd split from East, buy a 12-pack of Millers (and a bowl), take our fjording sticks up there, sword fight each other and orcs from 1977-79. Great times!
Tom Larsen
Via cityweekly.net


Online news post, Jan. 14, "The Hobbits Have Left the Building"

So sad! This place was magical.
Justin Banz
Via Facebook

This is terrible
@courtneyincolor
Via Instagram

That's too bad. I hope it can be preserved somehow.
@earthcenteracu
Via Instagram

It's about time Salt Lake starts cherishing its own history.
Matt Morris
Via Facebook

I had no idea this was there. Lived here all my life.
Jay Michael Gordon
Via Facebook

Sad that this history will be lost.
Ina Landry
Via cityweekly.net

Sugar House is dead. They shouldn't even call it by that name anymore.
Ben Mehner
Via Facebook

That was a good read. So sad. So much history.
James R. Burdett
Via Facebook

I lived there back in 1975. Mrs. Allen would drive around in her station wagon and have her granddaughter knock on doors to pick up rent money. The one I lived in was a log cabin, very small but we loved it!
Linda Lindley
Via Facebook

I always wanted to visit, but heard warning of the locals coveted privacy. I'm so incredibly sorry for their loss of home.
@epochofash
Via Instagram

Tearing down the authenticity of the neighborhoods and making them all alike, is this what you really want? Are the Avenues next?
Boudica Luther
Via Facebook

This is the price of unregulated development. Please consider voting more consistently, folks. If we continue this pattern of elderly zombie Republican voters and apathetic progressives, all of the best things in our communities will disappear.
Dustin Clark
Via Facebook


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