A prominent piece of desert in a polygamous community was sold Friday — for tens of thousands of dollars more than the original offer.
The 450-acre stretch of land known as Berry Knoll sold in a courtroom auction Friday to BKF Domestic Asset Protection Trust, according to United Effort Plan lawyer Jeff Shields. The final purchase price, $650,000, is considerably higher than the original offer for $580,000 — the land's appraised value.
Allen Zitting made that original offer. Three other bidders showed up Friday morning for the auction, Shields said.
The land is located near Short Creek — a name given to the cities of Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Ariz. — which is dominated by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The proposed sale of the land prompted controversy in the past when members of the church argued it was a sacred site.