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==  History  ==
 
==  History  ==
 
[[Image:Grafton, Utah Schoolhouse.JPG|thumb|right|450px|Old Grafton Schoolhouse]]
 
[[Image:Grafton, Utah Schoolhouse.JPG|thumb|right|450px|Old Grafton Schoolhouse]]
Grafton is a ghost town in [[Washington County, Utah |Washington County]] on the South side of the Virgin River. Originally called Wheeler, it was settled in 1859.  Forty days of straight rain flooded washed away much of the original farm lands and town was reestablished on Jan 1862. Residents of Virgin saw the houses of Grafton go floating by. <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref> Grafton was resettled but suffered from floods, difficult irrigation and Indian attacks. By 1920 it was down to 3 families. <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref>
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Grafton is a [[Utah Ghost Towns#How To Classify Ghost Towns|class 2]] agricultural  ghost town in [[Washington County, Utah |Washington County]] on the South side of the Virgin River. Originally called Wheeler, it was settled in 1859.  Forty days of straight rain flooded washed away much of the original farm lands and town was reestablished on Jan 1862. Residents of Virgin saw the houses of Grafton go floating by. <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref> Grafton was resettled but suffered from floods, difficult irrigation and Indian attacks. By 1920 it was down to 3 families. <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref>
  
 
Grafton is famous as the site where part of the movie, "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy_and_the_Sundance_Kid Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid]" was filmed.
 
Grafton is famous as the site where part of the movie, "[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butch_Cassidy_and_the_Sundance_Kid Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid]" was filmed.
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grafton,_Utah History of Grafton - Wikipedia]
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{{Wikipedia|Grafton, Utah}}
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/graftonhistory.shtml History of Grafton - Online Utah]
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/graftonhistory.shtml History of Grafton - Online Utah]
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*[http://historytogo.utah.gov/utah_chapters/pioneers_and_cowboys/virginriverdousedcottonmissionsettlershopes.html The Virgin River Doused Cotton Mission Settlers' Hopes]
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*[http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ut/grafton.html Grafton Ghost Town]
  
 
==Location==
 
==Location==
 
Grafton is located across the Virgin River from present day Rockville, which is at the South entrance to [http://www.travelwest.net/parks/zion/history.html Zion's National Park].
 
Grafton is located across the Virgin River from present day Rockville, which is at the South entrance to [http://www.travelwest.net/parks/zion/history.html Zion's National Park].
 
*GPS Location: 37°10′02″N 113°04′48″W
 
*GPS Location: 37°10′02″N 113°04′48″W
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*[http://wikimapia.org/918206/Grafton-Utah-ghost-town Wiki Map]
  
 
==Time Line==
 
==Time Line==
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===Neighboring Communities===
 
===Neighboring Communities===
 
Rockville | Springdale | Virgin | Dalton | [[Duncan's Retreat, Utah|Duncan's Retreat, Utah]]
 
Rockville | Springdale | Virgin | Dalton | [[Duncan's Retreat, Utah|Duncan's Retreat, Utah]]
 
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===Biography and Genealogies===
===Biographies===
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*[http://earlylds.com/index.html Early Latter Day Saints - An Mormon Trail Pioneer Database]
 
===Cemeteries ===
 
===Cemeteries ===
[[File:Grafton Cemetery.jpg|thumb|right|350px]]
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[[File:Grafton Cemetery.jpg|thumb|right|400px]]
 
Indian attacks were evidence of the Old West in Grafton. Multiple pioneer men died in these attacks as did the attackers. The South East corner of the cemetery holds the nameless graves of the Native Americans killed in the same battles buried by the dutiful pioneers.
 
Indian attacks were evidence of the Old West in Grafton. Multiple pioneer men died in these attacks as did the attackers. The South East corner of the cemetery holds the nameless graves of the Native Americans killed in the same battles buried by the dutiful pioneers.
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/graftonpics05.shtml Photo Grafton Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/graftonpics05.shtml Photo Grafton Cemetery]
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=504 Grafton Utah Gravestone Photo Project]  
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=504 Grafton Utah Gravestone Photo Project]  
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77244&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800&  Historical Grafton Cemetery Findagrave.com]
 
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77244&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800&  Historical Grafton Cemetery Findagrave.com]
 
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*''Grafton, ghost town, cemetery, Washington County, Utah'' <ref> Bonnett, Elaine F. ; ''Grafton (ghost town) [cemetery], Washington County, Utah'' Book: {{FHL|979.248/G1 V3b}} Film: {{FHL|1697360 Item 25}} </ref>
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*''Tombstones in Grafton, Utah'' <ref>''Tombstones in Grafton, Utah'' {{FHL|979.248/G1 V3g}}</ref>
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*''Springdale, Rockville, Grafton and Shonesburg cemetery card file; Washington County, Utah '' <ref>Springdale, Rockville, Grafton and Shonesburg cemetery card file; Washington County, Utah Film: {{FHL|1597756 Item 12}} </ref>
 
'''Check cemeteries in neighboring communities'''
 
'''Check cemeteries in neighboring communities'''
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=522 Rockville Cemetery Utah Gravestone Photo Project]
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemetery.php?cemID=522 Rockville Cemetery Utah Gravestone Photo Project]
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=109355&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800& Duncan's Retreat findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77414&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800&CSsr=21& Rockville Cemetery - Findagrave.com]
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=109357&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800& Hilltop Cemetery Springdale - findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=109355&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800& Duncan's Retreat Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=109357&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800& Hilltop Cemetery Springdale - Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=77489&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2800&CSsr=21& Virgin Cemetery also known as the Pioneer Memorial Cemetery - Findagrave.com]
  
 
===Church Records===
 
===Church Records===
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====LDS====
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*''Record of members, [1877]-1907'' <ref> ''Record of members, [1877]-1907'' Film: {{FHL|25966}} </ref>
 
====Historical Newspapers ====
 
====Historical Newspapers ====
 
*[http://digitalnewspapers.org/newspaper/?paper=Washington+County+News Washington County News]
 
*[http://digitalnewspapers.org/newspaper/?paper=Washington+County+News Washington County News]
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===Museums, Societies and Libraries===
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*[http://www.graftonheritage.org Grafton Heritage Partnership Project] <br>P. O. Box 630184 <br>Rockville, UT 84763<br>
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*[http://dupstgeorge.org Daughters of Utah Pioneers (DUP), Washington County, Utah]<br>[http://wchsutah.org/dup/dup.htm Washington County DUP Companies and Camps]<br>145 East 100 North<br>St. George, UT 84770<br>Phone: (435)628-7274
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*[http://wchsutah.org/index.php Washington County Historical Society] <br>Post Office Box 404 <br>St. George, UT 84771<br>
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*[http://www.zionpark.org Zion Natural History Association]<br>Springdale, UT 84767<br>Phone:(435)772-3265,  (800)635-3959
  
===Societies, Museums and Libraries ===
 
 
===Vital Records===
 
===Vital Records===
 
====Birth====
 
====Birth====
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*[http://www.archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/20842.htm Utah Department of Archives] 1903 to 50 years ago<br>Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.<br>Images of actual death certificates.
 
*[http://www.archives.utah.gov/research/indexes/20842.htm Utah Department of Archives] 1903 to 50 years ago<br>Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.<br>Images of actual death certificates.
 
*'''''Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -'''''A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search Historical Records].&nbsp; Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed. A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence. For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the [http://history.utah.gov/burials/execute/searchburials Utah State Burial Index].
 
*'''''Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -'''''A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search Historical Records].&nbsp; Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed. A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence. For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the [http://history.utah.gov/burials/execute/searchburials Utah State Burial Index].
=====Obituaries=====
 
 
 
==Suggested Reading==
 
==Suggested Reading==
 
*''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref>
 
*''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' <ref> Carr, Stephen L. ''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: {{FHL|78162}} Book: {{FHL|979.2 H2cr}} {{WorldCat|595478}}. </ref>
 
*''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' <ref>Thompson, George A; ''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' {{WorldCat|9202286}} {{FHL|979.2 H2tg}}</ref>
 
*''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' <ref>Thompson, George A; ''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' {{WorldCat|9202286}} {{FHL|979.2 H2tg}}</ref>
*Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement <ref> Reid, Hyrum Lorenzo; Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement {{WorldCat|899527}} {{FHL|979.248 H2r}} </ref>
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*''Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement'' <ref> Reid, Hyrum Lorenzo; ''Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement'' {{WorldCat|899527}} {{FHL|979.248 H2r}} </ref>
 
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*''A history of Washington County : from isolation to destination ''<ref>
*A history of Washington County : from isolation to destination <ref>
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Douglas D Alder; Karl F Brooks; ''A history of Washington County: from isolation to destination'' {{WorldCat|35394589}} {{FHL|979.248 H2a}} </ref>
Douglas D Alder; Karl F Brooks; A history of Washington County: from isolation to destination {{WorldCat|35394589}} {{FHL|979.248 H2a}} </ref>
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*''Grafton ghost town on the Rio Virgin'' <ref> Lyman D. Platt ; L. Karen Platt'' Grafton ghost town on the Rio Virgin'' Book: {{FHL|979.248 H2p}}</ref>
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
==Websites==
 
==Websites==
 
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*[http://www.utah.com/oldwest/ghost_towns.htm Grafton]
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*[http://www.americansouthwest.net/utah/zion/grafton_ghost_town.html Grafton and Zions Canyon]
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*[http://www.ghosttowngallery.com/htme/grafton.htm Grafton Gallery]
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*[http://history.utah.gov/findaids/C00406/ Grafton Photography Collection]
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*[http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ut-grafton.html Grafton - Virgin River Ghost Town]
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*[http://www.atozion.com/blog/?p=757 Grafton - Zions]
 
*[[Utah Ghost Towns|Utah Ghost Towns]]
 
*[[Utah Ghost Towns|Utah Ghost Towns]]
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
==Sources and Footnotes==
 
==Sources and Footnotes==

Revision as of 23:23, 22 July 2011

United States Gotoarrow.png Utah Gotoarrow.png Washington Gotoarrow.png Grafton

History

Old Grafton Schoolhouse

Grafton is a class 2 agricultural ghost town in Washington County on the South side of the Virgin River. Originally called Wheeler, it was settled in 1859. Forty days of straight rain flooded washed away much of the original farm lands and town was reestablished on Jan 1862. Residents of Virgin saw the houses of Grafton go floating by. [1] Grafton was resettled but suffered from floods, difficult irrigation and Indian attacks. By 1920 it was down to 3 families. [2]

Grafton is famous as the site where part of the movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" was filmed.

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Grafton, Utah

Location

Grafton is located across the Virgin River from present day Rockville, which is at the South entrance to Zion's National Park.

  • GPS Location: 37°10′02″N 113°04′48″W
  • Wiki Map

Time Line

  • 1859, December: First Settled, assigned to plant cotton [3]
  • 1862, January 8: Settlement completely flooded after 40 days of rain [4]
  • 1862: Rebuilt 1.5 miles north from original site and renamed Grafton after Grafton Massachusetts [5]
  • 1866 to 1867: County seat of Kane County
  • 1866: Removed to Rockville, Indian concerns
  • 1882: Boundary realignment put Grafton in Washington County
  • 1890: Resettlement was sparse due to flooding and irrigation problems; 20 families remained
  • 1921: Town was nearly abandoned; LDS church branch discontinued [6]
  • 1944: No known residents

Neighboring Communities

Rockville | Springdale | Virgin | Dalton | Duncan's Retreat, Utah

Biography and Genealogies

Cemeteries

Grafton Cemetery.jpg

Indian attacks were evidence of the Old West in Grafton. Multiple pioneer men died in these attacks as did the attackers. The South East corner of the cemetery holds the nameless graves of the Native Americans killed in the same battles buried by the dutiful pioneers.

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities

Church Records

LDS

  • Record of members, [1877]-1907 [10]

Historical Newspapers

Museums, Societies and Libraries

Vital Records

Birth

Marriages

Death

  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records.  Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed. A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence. For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.

Suggested Reading

  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [11]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [12]
  • Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement [13]
  • A history of Washington County : from isolation to destination [14]
  • Grafton ghost town on the Rio Virgin [15]

Websites

Sources and Footnotes

  1. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  2. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  3. Reid, Hyrum Lorenzo; Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement WorldCat 899527 FHL 979.248 H2r
  4. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  5. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  6. Douglas D Alder; Karl F Brooks; A history of Washington County: from isolation to destination WorldCat 35394589 FHL 979.248 H2a
  7. Bonnett, Elaine F. ; Grafton (ghost town) [cemetery], Washington County, Utah Book: FHL 979.248/G1 V3b Film: FHL 1697360 Item 25
  8. Tombstones in Grafton, Utah FHL 979.248/G1 V3g
  9. Springdale, Rockville, Grafton and Shonesburg cemetery card file; Washington County, Utah Film: FHL 1597756 Item 12
  10. Record of members, [1877]-1907 Film: FHL 25966
  11. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  12. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  13. Reid, Hyrum Lorenzo; Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement WorldCat 899527 FHL 979.248 H2r
  14. Douglas D Alder; Karl F Brooks; A history of Washington County: from isolation to destination WorldCat 35394589 FHL 979.248 H2a
  15. Lyman D. Platt ; L. Karen Platt Grafton ghost town on the Rio Virgin Book: FHL 979.248 H2p