Osiris is located 13 miles north of the ghost town of "Widtsoe" which is north of Bryce Canyon about 25 miles on the road to Antimony, however I will say it seems a lot farther than 13 miles from Widtsoe, we kept coming upon old buildings that we thought might be Osiris, but when we asked a local rancher he told us, "No its fUrther on." He even told us in detail how to find it and what we would find, which as he said was "...not much left." In driving there we came up over a rise to find a huge Golden Eagle in the road feeding on a rabbit, as the eagle took off, carrying the rabbit in his talons, I thought, "This is the largest bird I have ever seen." His wingspan seemed to be as wide as the road itself! I have seen many Bald Eagles, both here and in Alaska but this Golden was much larger!
When we finally got to Osiris, a large grain mill is all that remains, it sits at the bottom of a canyon on a winding road but there is a place to pull over and park, there is a private cabin across the street that looks still inhabited, but nobody was home the day we were there, whether it was part of the original development or a later construction (maybe both) I couldn't say.
by Brian Thayne
Apparently the mill was built by a resident of Widtsoe and was originally a creamery that was later converted into a grain mill. The name Osiris comes from ancient Egypt, in Egyptian mythology Osiris was the God of Earth and Vegetation. Osiris symbolized in his death every year in the drought of the Nile and his miraculous rebirth with the flooding and the gift of grain.
The stream that flows by this mill can hardly be compared with the Nile, but I am sure it too had its droughts and floods and the hardy pioneers that lived here must too have felt that any grain they were able to grow was "a gift from the Gods." The mill is remarkably well preserved, but is heavily fenced and covered with no trespassing signs, also signs that say it is the property of the Utah Department of Fish and Game. That's interesting, why them?