Grafton, Utah

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History

Old Grafton Schoolhouse

Grafton is a 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.

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

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

Biographies

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

Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums 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.
Obituaries

Suggested Reading

  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [7]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [8]
  • Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement [9]
  • A history of Washington County : from isolation to destination [10]


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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. 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.
  8. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  9. Reid, Hyrum Lorenzo; Brigham Young's Dixie of the desert; exploration and settlement WorldCat 899527 FHL 979.248 H2r
  10. Douglas D Alder; Karl F Brooks; A history of Washington County: from isolation to destination WorldCat 35394589 FHL 979.248 H2a