Orderville, Utah: Rock-Shaped Building
Former rock shop shaped like a large, lumpy, pink rock. Now a cafe. Owned and run by the same family since 1953 Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Rock-Shaped Building
This shop, owned by Don and Mickey Davis, has finished specimens inside (as well as an espresso stand), and cut slabs outside to dig through. There are several other rock shops in the area, but these friendly people explained the formation of the Septarian Nodules, found in the Orderville area (and the coffee was satisfying).
Septarian Nodules look somewhat like a thunder egg; a small pebble or shell tumbled around in a muddy slurry, accumulating layers, which eventually formed a crust and hardened. Later, silicates penetrated the crust and formed crystals, which glow mildly under UV light.[Annie KC, 10/02/2010]
I came across this rock shop while heading to Zion National Park. Once I spotted it, I knew I had to pull over...it is a rock shop that is actually shaped like a rock! Unfortunately for me it was closed for the winter.[Greg Kopp, 01/05/2009]
This was what looked like an outfitters/outdoorsman shop shaped like a giant reddish/pink rock.[Jim Heverin, 06/17/2005]
Sounds like the former Joe's Rock Shop, a rockhound gift store made of fiberglass and plaster. It was originally built by Utah professor Albert Porter to house some dinosaur models he made (they are now in a museum in Vernal, Utah). It became Joe's Rock Shop in 1981. Joe's has since move to a non-rock shaped edifice at Hwy. 89 and 100 North (314 East 100 North) in Orderville.