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UTAH -- Duchesne County



Ghost Towns

  • Altamont
  • Altonah
  • Arcadia
  • Bluebell
  • Boneta
  • Bridgeland
  • Duchesne (5,515 ft)  (county seat)
  • Fruitland
  • Hanna (6,905 ft)
  • Ioka
  • Monarch
  • Mountain Home (7,000 ft)
  • Mount Emmons
  • Myton
  • Neola
  • Roosevelt
  • Tabiona
  • Talmage
  • Upalco
  • Other Historical References

    The First Residents

    Prehistoric rock art and architecture such as those seen at Nine Mile Canyon were left behind by the natives of the Fremont Indians can still be seen in many places within Duchesne County and the Uinta Basin. Occupation by the Fremont Culture began (roughly) from A.D. 300. For unknown reasons, the Fremont peoples began to disapear around 1200. They were succeeded by the Numic speakers who arrived around 1300 who became the ancestors of the Shoshoni and Ute people. Although these these later tribes had dealings with the Spanish, they were for the most part left undisturbed until the arrival of the LDS pioneers into Utah which also began a steady stream of white immigrants. A early Utah Indian agent, Jacob Forney estimated that there were 1,000 Utes living within the Uinta Basin.

    In 1861, President Lincoln issued an executive order establishing the new Uintah Valley Indian Reservation and the Utes were forced to move to this reservation over the next few years. The first Uinta Indian Agency was located at the head of Daniel's Canyon. This proved to be a poor choice due to the harsh winters experienced in the area and the agency was then moved to the upper Duchesne River near Hanna. The agency was moved in 1867 to an area north of present-day Starvation, and again by Agent Pardon Dodds to Whiterocks in Uintah County. Other early Indian agents were Thomas Carter, L.B. Kenney, O.H. Irish, F.H. Head and J.J. Critchlow (who counted 800 Utes living on the reservation in the winter of 1872-73.

    In 1881 The Uintah Utes were joined by the White River and Uncompahgre Utes who were moved from Colorado and are now known as the Northern Utes. The government then decided another Indian agency was needed and in 1886 Fort Duchesne (Uintah County) was established. The fort was run by two companies of black calvary known to the Utes as "Buffalo Soldiers" *

    With the Dawes Act, the Indian reservation was open to homesteaders. Native Americans were given allotments of land on which to make their homes. By August 1905 white settlers were arriving to claim their 160 acres under the Federal Homestead Act and settled in with their families. Homesteaders were only required to prove that they intended to farm and make improvements to the land. After five years and paying $1.25 per acre, homesteaders were given the title to their homesteads.

    * exerpts from John Barton's History of Duchesne County

    Water Features

    Pinto Lake, Pine Island Lake, Grandaddy Lake, Rock Creek, Fall Creek, Kidney Lake, Clements Lake, Lake Fork, Fish Creek, Moon Lake, Oweep Creek, Five Points Lake, Yellowstone Creek West Fork, Timothy Lakes, Farmers Lake, Swift Creek, Lake Atwood, Gilbert Creek, Kidney Lakes, Fox Lake, Shale Creek, Chain Lakes, Uinta River, Krebs Creek, Clover Creek, Pole Creek, Chepeta Lake, Queant Lake, Rasmussen Lakes, Johnson Lake, Whiterocks River, Fawn Creek, Uinta Canal, Blind Stream, Duchesne River, Pigeon Water Spring, Twin Pots Resevoir, Cottonwood Wash.

    Recreational Areas

    High Uintas Wilderness Area, High Line Trail, Camp Steiner (B.S.A.), Mirror Lake Campground, Wandin Campground, Swift Creek Campground, Moon Lake Campground, Yellow Pine Campground, Castle Cliff Campground, Aspen Campground, Big Sand Lake State Park, Starvation Lake State Park, Information Center (Duchesne), Avantiquin Campground, Bamburger Monument, Ashley National Forest, Pictographs.

    National / State Parks

    High Uintas Wilderness Area, Ashley National Forest, Big Sand Lake State Park, Starvation Lake State Park.

    Native American Reservations

    Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation.

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