Pictured here in 1963, the Mokie Trading Post was one of several jewelry and tourist shops that sprang up in the wake of the uranium boom, as Moab was transitioning from a mining-based economy into a recreation hub and tourism destination. Uranium ore jewelry and cuff links were popular souvenirs for early tourists. [Moab Museum Collection]

Main Street in Moab today is abuzz with activity as visitors to the region enjoy a bite to eat or purchase mementos to commemorate their trip to Utah. During most of the twentieth century, however, the town’s streets have been far sleepier, lined with businesses and shops serving a mostly local clientele. A rich array of photographs in the Moab Museum Collection show the transition of Moab’s downtown from a remote desert outpost to the busy Main Street of today.

The Moab Museum is dedicated to sharing stories of the natural and human history of the Moab area. For more information, visit www.moabmuseum.org.