Photos of Moab’s “Goat Man:” the Alton Watkins Morton Collection, Utah State Historical Society.

I am very grateful to the Utah State Historical Society, for their permission to reprint these incredible photos of Moab’s “Goat Man,” Jack Holley.

From the Utah State Historical Society website:

Alton Watkins Morton was born 26 July 1905 in Midway, Utah. His mother, Maria Watkins, was born 30 October 1870, was the first child born in the Watkins-Coleman home in Midway. Maria married John Morton in the Logan Temple, 16 May 1888. John Morton died in Kaysville, Davis County. Maria Watkins Morton died 4 November 1948. Alton married Thelma Barlow on October 1, 1925. Alton and Thelma had four daughters: Dorothy Jean Morton (1926), Donna Yvonne Morton (1928), Luana Mae Morton (1931), and Darlene Marie Morton (1933).

Al Morton, as he was known in life, began filming movies on an amateur basis while he was a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service. His first commissioned film was “Call of the Canyons” for the Utah State Tourist and Publicity Council. He continued to film and take photographs into his 70’s when illness prevented him from continuing his life-long passion. He died on 3 March 1985.


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