History of the Shalam Colony

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Layout for the Essenes of Kosmon
Layout for the Essenes of Kosmon
Kosmon Pioneer Bulletin
Kosmon Pioneer Bulletin

The work of the Faithists did not end when Shalam was closed in 1901. A colony was established around Denver in the early 1900s, and some people from Shalam went to California.

It was in Los Angeles that Wing Anderson met the Faithists. He bought the plates and the copyright for Oahspe in 1933 and published Oahspe until his death in 1970. Under Wing's direction, a community was established in North Salt Lake, Utah, in the 1930s. The people called themselves the Essenes of Kosmon.

In the early 1940s, the group moved to Montrose, Colorado. That colony closed in the 1950s.

Another colony effort was Otis Acres, established in Arizona in the 1950s.

The Children at Otis Acres
Children at Otis Acres

Several publications have provided news and support over the years. The earliest was the Kosmon Pioneer Bulletin, put out from Utah, and later Colorado. The Faithist Journal was published in Kingman, Arizona; and the Kosmon Voice, which was originally put out in Salt Lake City, but has moved to Nebraska.