Kanab, Utah

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United States Gotoarrow.pngUtah Gotoarrow.pngKane County Gotoarrow.png Kanab

Quick History

Kanab is the County Seat for Kane County
County Courthouse
76 North Main St.
Kanab, UT 84741


Kanab began in 1858 as a crude dugout built by the great Mormon frontiersman and Indian missionary Jacob Hamblin. Kanab is derived from an Indian word meaning “place of willows” [1] A fort was build by Mormon settlers in 1865 as a defense from the Indians and a base camp for travelers and explorers. Three different attempts were made to settle this area with the final succeeding. [2] A group of settlers from the abandoned Muddy River Mission in Nevada and a few families from the Cottonwood area of Salt Lake City lead by Levi Stewart moved into the locale in 1870. [3] Citizens elected their first town president and town council in August of 1885.


Kanab City Cemetery

Contact Information
Public Works Department
Kanab City Office
76 North Main
Kanab, Utah 84741
Phone: 435- 644-2534
Fax: 435-644-2536

Church History and Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Kanab Stake [6]
  • Kanab Ward [7]
  • Kanab North Ward [8]
  • Kanab South Ward [9]


Libraries and Societies

  • Kanab City Library
    374 North Main
    Kanab, Utah 84741
    e-mail: kancitlib@xpressweb.com


Geographic location: Google



  1. Kanab Utah
  2. Kanab History
  3. Markers and Monuments; Jacob Hamblin & Kanab’s Fort Kanab
  4. "FamilySearch Catalog Book 979.251/K1 V3k" (Kanab, Utah : City of Kanab, 199-?).
  5. "FamilySearch Catalog Book 979.251/K1 V3j v. 1 and 2 (873918)"] (pub? : Esther B. Judd).
  6. "FamilySearch Catalog Film 27304" (Salt Lake City, Utah, GSU). Annual genealogical report, Form E, 1907
  7. "FamilySearch Catalog Film 26061" (Salt Lake City, Utah, GSU). Record of members, 1870-1936. Annual genealogical report, Form E, 1907-1935
  8. "FamilySearch Catalog Film 26062" (Salt Lake City, Utah, GSU). Record of members, 1936-1948. Annual genealogical report, Form E, 1937-1948
  9. "FamilySearch Catalog Film 26063" (Salt Lake City, Utah, GSU). Annual genealogical report, Form E, 1936-1948
  10. "FamilySearch Catalog Book 979.251/K1 E6k" (Kanab, Utah : Kanab Heritage Council, 199-?).
  11. Utah Digital Newspapers"] (Salt Lake City, Utah : University of Utah).
  12. "FamilySearch Catalog Film 2405900-2405907" (Omniwest Corp : Marlin E. Brown).