Everett Ruess's Last Letter Home

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Everett Ruess left civilization in Escalante, Utah on November 12, 1934. He went to go write, paint, and explore amongst a collection of ancient Native American cliff dwellings. His last letter home to his parents in Los Angeles explained that he would not be able to communicate for ten weeks. Alone then with his two burros, paints and books, Everett took off into arguably the most vacant, uninhabited area of the United States. He never came back, and his body was never seen again. Rewind to 20 years prior and a newborn Everett wakes up to the world for the first time. Everett was the younger son of his father, Christopher and mother, Stella. Waldo Ruess was his older brother. His family moved around quite a bit, and from an early age Everett
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