Remembering The Widowmaker

Even Stevens Draper is now open for business. And in our typical place-making style, we went full ham on a piece of Draper history ...

Even Stevens Draper is now open for business. And in our typical place-making style, we went full ham on a piece of Draper history that few even know existed: The Widowmaker.

If you were riding motorcycles in the 1970s, odds were you were one of millions swept up in the cinematic wave of Bruce Brown’s film, On Any Sunday. In it’s 40-year history, the cult classic has both inspired new riders and reiterated a timeless resolve: motorcycles are sexy.

What you probably didn’t know is that On Any Sunday brought a Draper, UT landmark to the Hollywood screen. In one of the film’s most memorable scenes, star Malcolm Smith takes on The Widowmaker. Yep - that scar on the point of the mountain just west of the big South Mountain homes was once the meanest hill in the sport of hill climbing.

Mural by Sril

Salt Lake City aerosol artist Sril resurrected the spirit of the Widowmaker in Even Stevens Draper's dining room.

 

Thousands were drawn to the annual Widowmaker Hillclimb event in the early summers between 1968-1988. The goal? Top the hill or fall trying. Some of the most well respected riders in the nation burned and bruised their egos there. Families, trailers, Coleman coolers, hippies and wanna-be riders all gathered to watch as competitors attempted the 45° climb (and some were even smacked by falling bikes).

Only a handful of riders ever conquered the hill in its running history. On Any Sunday’s Mike Gibbons included.

Caesar Boswell's Hillclimber

Late Utah motorcycle entrepreneur Caesar Boswell rode this 1974 Harley Davidson shovelhead. Which now greats guests at our front entrance.

 

So what gives with all this Widowmaker talk? In the way of the Widowmaker riders, Even Stevens is committed. To our food, cause, and the places we set up shop. Where better to plant our rebel foot down than a city with a wild past? Draper City, we’re here to stay. While serving your citizens and supporting your non-profits, we celebrate your story. Your hills are our hills.

Go forth, cause change.

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