Utah Residents Rush to Cash in on Viking "Treasure"
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2003-07-04 08:30
Salt Lake Tribune: An ad campaign for a summer festival with a Viking theme has led some Utah
residents to attempt to claim the "treasure."
Cedar City, a town in southern Utah, was hoping to bring tourist dollars to
their city by promoting a summer festival based on the fictional "Himmeslk
Papers" which claim that Cedar City was originally an island inhabited by lost
Vikings. The island eventually broke away and ended up in Utah, Viking
residents and all.
A treaty with President Polk in
1845 was supposed to have given the land to the United States, but the money
was never paid. By today's calculations, the U.S. government now owes Cedar
City billions of dollars. It's all a joke, of course, but not to some residents
of St. George, a neighboring town, who have taken the tale of Himmeslk to heart
and want their share.
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