Yearning For Zion Ranch – Satellite View available

Thanks to a contributor, its been found that “BING” has a similar satellite view capability as Google Earth – perhaps better.

Above is a screen shot, and here is the link.  You will need to click on “Aerial”,  then “Bird’s eye view” then click the “YFZ RANCH” hotlink and it will put your view inside the compound.

http://www.bing.com/maps/#JndoZXJlMT1UZXhhcyZzcz15cC55ZWFybmluZytmb3IremlvbiU3ZXNzdC4wJTdlcGcuMSZiYj00MC4wNzg4MTQ5OTgyNjkxJTdlLTg1LjY1MTA0NzUyNzc5MDElN2UyMS40MzY0OTQ3Mzc4NjM1JTdlLTExNC41NTI2NjUwNTQ3OTg=

This appears to be a meeting house, with about 26 cars, 15 new deciduous trees in the yard at the left, and the only fenced yard.

Also note the circular addition “Ordinance Room”  facing the fenced yard.

Warrens house in front of meeting house.

Wendell Nielsen’s house

The Watch Tower

and knock knock!

The Front Gate

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~ by FLDS TEXAS on March 11, 2010.

81 Responses to “Yearning For Zion Ranch – Satellite View available”

  1. that is so cool.

  2. check it out, one house has a semicircular room attached to it.

  3. I was wondering why they put their air conditioner compressors on the roof? Are they afraid someone’s going to steal them?

    Well, now that I think about it. Maybe.

  4. Proud Texan
    The semi circular room is the original ordinance room. According to dictations, the room had to be correct down to the inch.
    Warren has a special office to the side.

    The rest of the building is the original meeting house and school.

    God (Warren) said it is a TEST TO SEE IF DIRECTIONS COULD BE FOLLOWED TO BUILD A TEMPLE.

    Miele did you know the FLDS have over 30 journeyman electrican’s in the State of Texas?

  5. what is the white bldg immediately to the right of the temple?

  6. The CAThouse?

  7. I was wondering why they put their air conditioner compressors on the roof? Are they afraid someone’s going to steal them?

    Actually, I’m sure they borrowed that from having built a lot in the desert. In a lot of houses out in the desert they’ll put the (it’s actually the condenser unit) on the roof. The idea is to assist with the thermal transfer of the unit. Putting it up high increase air flow and may place it in a slightly lower temperature range because it doesn’t get the heat generated by the ground.

  8. Lord knows they need cooling with those polyester dresses on over the magical underwear and all that hair.

  9. Ron, with all respect, I’m looking at the locals houses via satellite and no one has them roof mounted. Must be desert building habits.

    CW. I believe the building you’re asking about is referred to as the ‘Temple Annex.’

  10. That pic of Warrens house seems to show them roof mounted, looks like 9 of them?

    I think they may be “Swamp coolers” though I dont know if those are used in that part of the US as they arent too effective in humid climates.

    Perhaps they sweat it out?

  11. It boggles my mind that someone would build a house for like, a third of your wives, 25 or so, and then lay out all the kitchens beds and baths and try to make it work and handle all the drama.

    I guess you would have to pretend you were like God or somethin’.

  12. Has anyone figured out yet where they put the cemetery?

  13. There is only one or two buried there? That would be hard to find but maybe?

    The rock quarry was easy. What a major scar on the earth. You can see that sucker from outer space!

  14. snoyn @ 5:27 – that 2nd picture that was posted is the original meeting house with ordination room?

    Aside from the temple, there’s a temple annex and a print shop. both of those are white. i’m not sure which is the 2nd biggest white building and which is the smaller attached to the temple.

  15. Ron, but it will get the heat from the sun shining on it, so is that any better than having ground heat?

    In the part of the desert where the FLDS live, heating and cooling is done by what is called a Heat Pump. It runs on electricity and takes forever to heat or cool – small temperature changes take hours.

    There is a unit that goes inside the house called an air handler that moves (not quite blows) the air throughout the duct work.

    Usually outside on the ground is the heat pump unit that looks like an air conditioning compressor, but it provides both heating and cooling (there is not a separate furnace for heating).

    It draws outside air to heat and cool the building. Supposedly it is efficient, although I think it is a strange contraption.

    The roof mounted units in the photo above do look more like swamp coolers to me. But I have to agree with Stamp that having a swamp cooler in a high humidity area is kind of defeating the purpose.

    In the desert, swamp coolers are a popular way to cool a house cheaply. It also adds much needed humidity in a dry desert climate.

    Who was it who was at the YFZ for a while? Cement or chemist? Maybe they could offer some insight.

  16. anon 8:07 : I don’t think cement or chemist were ever at YFZ

  17. Miele, the photos I have seen of the cemetery has a circle made from rocks around the 2 graves (Barbara Barlow Jeffs and the little Rohbock boy). It is away from the main houses and near the rock quarry or the cement batch plant, if I recall correctly. It may be set under some trees.

    Anyway, look for a circle of rocks sitting on the ground.

  18. The reason the units are on the roof is because that’s how they build in the crick. keeps the units away from children’s little fingers, and up out of the dust and dirt.

  19. ProudTexan, the smaller white building by the temple is the temple annex. You can just barely see the roof of it alongside the temple (at the top of the temple in this photo). It is almost obscured by the temple in this photo. I guess it would be on the north side of the temple in the photo above.

  20. Anon, that makes sense. I have seen some photos where fence barriers were built around the ground units.

    So anon, then are these heat pumps or swamp coolers? Or does it really even matter?

  21. So, I come back from dance class and you folks are talking about swamp coolers. I guess that means there were no news releases after they got out of court this evening.

  22. Warren’s house is cut out of the photo above. It is just west of the meeting house in this photo. Warren’s is the “U” shaped house with the row of trees in the back and the 3 sidewalks leading from it to the meeting house.

    You would have to go to the Bing link to see it.

  23. Betty, you deal in culture (dance) and we deal in agriculture (swamps).

    See how badly we need you here? We really go downhill without you!

  24. So which is the school house?

  25. My heart bleeds for you, Anon @8:53.

  26. So look at that little house just northeast of Warren’s BIG house. Is that where he sent his disobedient wives to repent?

  27. ProudTexan, I think the meeting house doubles as the school house.

  28. Thanks Betty, I’ll take that as a compliment – LOL

  29. to anon @ 8:33, I can’t tell, the pic is too blurry. my guess would be that they are refrigeration condensers, that’s how most of the systems are at the crick, not many all-electric heat pumps.

  30. makes sense. which one is merril’s, the one that dan and his wife lived in but didn’t realize that dan’s little sister had been married off to warren at 11 or 12.

  31. look to the south of the meeting house/warren’s house. there are 3 identical houses that face the orchards. they must have run out of green roof stuff cuz those roofs are brown.

  32. Anon @9:04 please elaborate for me. So they use propane to heat or wood burning stoves? And what you call “refrigeration condensers” is that what one might call an Air Conditioning unit?

    I just guessed they used heat pumps (one unit for both heating and cooling) in the Creek like they use in the surrounding areas. Obviously I am wrong.

    Sorry Betty, if I bore you, but I am just trying to figure it all out.

    Tonight instead of being the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” I am the “Swamp Cooler” Creature.

  33. i’ve got one unit. it uses gas to heat and electricity to cool. it isn’t on the roof though its on the ground.

  34. Sorry ProudTexan, I can’t tell you who lived in the other houses that look all the same (cookie cutter-like). They were probably all built to Warren’s exact specs so that is why they all look alike.

    However, all of the houses I can see (north and east) surrounding the meeting house DO have the HVAC units mounted on the roofs.

  35. to anon@ 9:18
    yeah, they use a propane or on the Hildale side, natural gas furnace, with an electric/refrigeration air conditioner. some of the less affluent use wood stoves for heat, and “swampies” to cool.

  36. But I don’t think there are natural gas lines running in the Creek. It is all propane.

    Darn, I really should have studied mechanical engineering instead of lettering in golf.

  37. Is that Warrens house that was added to the list?

  38. There is a gas system at the crick, but natural gas is only available on the Utah side. some political somethin or other, I guess.

  39. yeah, i think its the right one.

  40. i’m installing the 3D version.

  41. Is the gate to keep the pesky CPS people out or the pesky runaways in?

  42. There is a gas system at the crick, but natural gas is only available on the Utah side. some political somethin or other, I guess.

    Anonymous said this on March 11, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    From one Anon to another, it’s ALWAYS some political somethin or other with the state of Utah!

  43. Stamp, I think the gate is to keep the pesky CPS out because the FLDS has the GUARD TOWER to keep the pesky runaways in.

  44. Always something pesky goin on!

    But its been quieter without the FBI Top Ten wanted FUGITIVE who doesnt get to hang out there anymore!

  45. So is that photo above really Wendell’s house? It is almost a cookie cutter copy of Warren’s house.

    I find that strange, considering Warren’s ego, that he would permit the first counselor of the first presidency of the priesthood to have as nice of a house as God’s spokesman on earth (vote for me, Al Franken) Warren Jeffs.

  46. But, on second thought, Wendell did bring in lots of bucks through Western Prescision and New Era Manufacturing. OUR US TAXPAYER BUCKS.

  47. i’m installing the 3D version.

    ProudTexan said this on March 11, 2010 at 9:41 PM

    PT, I have a nice web cam I bought at a garage sale that I can send you so can wave hello to Merril for me.

  48. i have a web cam too, but rarely use it.

    merril has been surprisingly absent from court, considering it’s his son with fav wife babs who is on trial. on the other hand, maybe not so surprising since he’s a deadbeat dad.

  49. So Myrtle has taken to hiding behind skirts at the Yearning For Zippers Ranchero?

    Which cabin is he in now?

  50. Wow, a discussion about the location of air conditioners?

    Tell me how does the placement of air conditioners relate to saving the children?

    What’s your motivation for this type of discussion:

    1. Does it give you a sense of connection to your old FLDS family?

    2. Does it give you a thrill to invade the privacy of the FLDS? Kinda like you telling them they can’t even place air conditioners without you knowing about it.

    3. Are you providing details in hopes of some people seeing it and using your information to harm the members?

    4. Are you trying to intimidate them so they will never feel safe letting their children outside?

    Someone want to call up CW and get some analysis?

  51. Hi MaryKay, you’re back.

    So where is the evidence for the wild accusations you have made recently?

    Folks here have been asking you to provide facts, data and evidence to back up your statements for many days.

    We utilize facts and concrete evidence on this blog. You come and post things that are extremely questionable.

    You need to provide facts and evidence to play on this playground.

    Otherwise, go spread your lies and manure on someone else’s playground.

  52. 1. Does it give you a sense of connection to your old FLDS family?

    What do you care?

    2. Does it give you a thrill to invade the privacy of the FLDS? Kinda like you telling them they can’t even place air conditioners without you knowing about it.

    What, now AIR CONDITIONERS are secret and sacred? Heck, my son just spent Tuesday this week using Google Earth to look at our old neighborhoods in Connecticut — did he invade THEIR privacy. What a whiner you are.

    3. Are you providing details in hopes of some people seeing it and using your information to harm the members?

    NO! Not the evil air conditioner plot! What, like someone’s supposed to sneak on the ranch and turn off their air conditioners? Somehow that doesn’t seem terribly efficient. Could be why is hasn’t caught on in terrorist circles yet.

    4. Are you trying to intimidate them so they will never feel safe letting their children outside?

    I was under the impression that had already happened. In fact, I rather think it happened before the raid. It’s funny what an illegal lifestyle does to cramp the outdoor time of children.

  53. Gee MaryKay,
    Can’t your read?

    Anon at 8:26PM said:
    The reason the units are on the roof is because that’s how they build in the crick. keeps the units away from children’s little fingers.

    That saves children’s little fingers.

    “Why don’t you just go away. You’re not wanted here.” As Cupcake on the Medvecky site would say.

    And as Fred would say,
    FU MaryKay

  54. channeling FRED,

    FU MaryKay!!!
    Go back under the rock your crawled out from under.

  55. MaryKay, you really need to get professional mental help for your mental issues. Our blog can’t properly address your delusions.

    PLEASE get help!

  56. Go read the post by MaryKay at 10:44 PM.

    I’m telling you it sounds just like Willie “the thug” Jessop.

    Were they separated at birth or is this the real Willie “gimme a mistrial” Jessop?

  57. must’ve been separated at birth cuz i’m not sure wee willie can read or write. he’s always got his trusty steed taking notes for him.

  58. Well if someone was trying to get the layout of my house and even going to the trouble of making a 3d image, I would be afraid for my physical safety.

    These ARE private homes of private people. The layout really has nothing to do with child brides.

    I was hoping there was a good explanation for this – I didn’t read one.

  59. “Well if someone was trying to get the layout of my house and even going to the trouble of making a 3d image, I would be afraid for my physical safety.”

    That’s because you’re a paranoid whackjob.

    “These ARE private homes of private people. The layout really has nothing to do with child brides.”

    My IEP address and email had nothing to do with anything either but I didn’t see you scold Bill for publishing that information. Get a life, hypocrite. Go back to the other abusers and spew your poison to your heart’s content.

    “I was hoping there was a good explanation for this – I didn’t read one.”

    No one owes you and explanation for anything.

  60. NPIC analysis finally received clearance from ‘eyes only’ Bing to evaluate the air conditioner situation. They’re standard compressors. Not combination or commercial condenser/compressor service packs. Not swamp coolers.

    The analyst also noted the two large vent stacks opposite the air conditioners. They are burning some type of fossil fuel. Probably propane, as the tanks are visible in the pictures.

    Kitchen and bathroom stacks are combined. There are two white unidentified installations on either side of the fossil fuel vent stacks. We will further evaluate these when pictures with higher resolution become available

    As Proud Texan noted there is no reason to mount them on the roof. Ground installation is standard to the area. Outside analysts suggest they may possibly suspect contrary groups, or even members within the group of attempting to steal them, as is common in high crime areas.

    Possibly there may have been the same situation with a water system that pointed their thinking in that direction. At this time, however, that is speculation only.

    Apparently they are unaware mounting them on steeply pitched metal roofs can be dangerous to service personnel, or this may be a strategy for eliminating competition among young male service personnel.

    All reports after correlation with HUMINT will be forwarded to CW.

  61. Excellent work, Lieutenant Miele. Now burn the reports and if anyone asks, you know what to answer.

    😉

  62. Got it, Rebeckah.

  63. They’re counter-agents. I answer them nothing.

  64. And Malicia, thank you for playing. The entertainment helped fill in time while we await courtroom updates, and whatever clown show Willie’s going to put on next. We know Willie will. He can’t help himself any more than you can.

  65. Wendell house is where the birthing room is.

    Also, the annex next to the temple is where the bathrooms are located. No poo or pee in the temple.

    The white large building to the east of the temple is the print shop, where the “vault” was located.

  66. Hey guys, you can turn the pictures around and see what is on the other side.

  67. Never did find a US flag waving.

    And that line of questioning about “Isnt the Commune just like a community”!?!?

    WTF

    Yeah, every community has a locked gate and fence to keep the children from wandering away!

    No, its more like a freaking religious indoctrination encampment, where they hide from the FBI!

  68. LAT /Long at the front gate. Google Earth, at least my version, shows the land before all the scars started appearing.

    30°54’7.10″N

    100°32’12.84″W

  69. The flag was in Leroy’s tie drawer.

  70. I hope the folks out at Short Creek like seeing where all their $ is going.

  71. I notice that most houses have very few vehicles, two, maybe four.

  72. they don’t have many old enough to be licensed drivers in each house, so they don’t need many vehicles.

  73. Since when did that ever stop them?

  74. Swissie Mom, are you one of my landsmen? (or in your case, landsfrau?)

  75. Well if someone was trying to get the layout of my house and even going to the trouble of making a 3d image, I would be afraid for my physical safety.

    These ARE private homes of private people. The layout really has nothing to do with child brides.

    I was hoping there was a good explanation for this – I didn’t read one.

    Marykay said this on March 11, 2010 at 11:43 PM
    ***********************

    Guess what MaryKay, you can find YOUR OWN HOUSE on google earth, and do the very same thing.. I did,,, aint technology Great!!

  76. Yes Im sure they use Propane, its very common in that area, especially for ranches, no gas lines.

  77. Swissie Mom, are you one of my landsmen? (or in your case, landsfrau?)

    catwhisperer said this on March 12, 2010 at 9:17 AM
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    Don’t think so… I post on SLT as NoSurprise. Switzerland is my (and my husband’s) favorite place on Earth plus my little son has a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog.

  78. glad to see that you are enamoured of my mother’s homeland!

  79. Mary Kay: Well if someone was trying to get the layout of my house and even going to the trouble of making a 3d image, I would be afraid for my physical safety.
    ………………

    The google maps picture of my house is so sharp you can see where the roof was patchted with new cedar shakes.

    Ooooh I’m skeered!

    PS Barbara Streisand tried to sue the California Coastal Records project because her house could be seen on their website.

    http://www.californiacoastline.org/

    She lost.

  80. MaryKay,
    About your concern:
    “Well if someone was trying to get the layout of my house and even going to the trouble of making a 3d image, I would be afraid for my physical safety.”

    What deputydog said in response to you is true. The days of the kind of privacy you are depicting are gone. The following information about you is already on line and free: the layout of the rooms in your house, what you paid for your house, whether you are behind in your property taxes, every civil and criminal violation against you, or against someone else by you, including seat belt violations, and late license plate registration payments etc… Nobody really likes it, but that’s just the world.

  81. Oh, I don’t know Judith. On Google maps, if you type in your address and then click ‘search nearby’ and enter the search term ‘sex offenders,’ it will pin little red balloons on the addresses of the sexual offenders near you.

    When Google puts up a new satellite pass it will be easy to find the YFZ. Just go to Eldorado and search for sex offenders. The YFZ will be covered with little red balloons.

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