We returned to the timeshare in St. George on Wednesday evening. On Thursday, Holly took me on a tour of part of the town.
In Ancestor Square, we had a fantastic lunch at the renowned The Painted Pony Restaurant. (Once again for my gastronome friends: We shared phyllo baked brie with roasted garlic and blueberry compote, coconut shrimp with mango chili sauce and cucumber noodles, and gorgonzola salad with torn lettuces, grapes, walnuts, bacon, pickled onions and croutons)
We then strolled through the square, looking at some of the earliest buildings erected in St. George.
These included the Jail House, built from black lava rock hauled from the foothills about 1880 by Sheriff Hardy. It retains the original window bars. The Jail House is reputed to have housed Butch Cassidy on several occasions.
The Sandstone Building, was built from leftover rock from the original tabernacle in the 1860's.
Modern architecture, including design studios, art galleries, and restaurants, has been designed to blend in with the older buildings in Ancestor Square.