The Entrada Institute’s Ward Roylance Award recognizes individuals and organizations that further public understanding and appreciation of the natural, historical, cultural, and scientific heritage of the Colorado Plateau. This year, local historian Steve Taylor of Fremont received this well-deserved recognition, the Ward Roylance Award.

Steve Taylor is a local historian specializing in the early history of the Fremont River communities. Although he holds a Ph.D. in math and physics, spent forty years working in environmental management, and continues to do consulting, he returned to Wayne County where he was born and raised to focus on his passion for history. He is the sixth generation of his family to have lived in Rabbit Valley, with many of Wayne County’s first settlers being his direct ancestors.

Mr. Taylor currently lives in Fremont on a small farm where he teaches a weekly history class in his home. He has been a speaker at Entrada’s Saturday Sunset series, the annual Heritage Starfest, and numerous other Wayne County events.