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Grafton Ghost Town





Location: Washington County, Utah    Map

Found: 1859

Abandoned: 1921




Description of Grafton Ghost Town

Grafton Ghost Town is situated in Washington County in Utah, United States. Grafton was found in 1859 and was eventually abandoned in 1921. Grafton Ghost Town is a historic settlement that was first settled in December 1859 by Southern Utah cotton growing farmers as part of the expansion of a religious community led by Brigham Young.





The site of Grafton was first inhabited by settlers in 1859 as a result of a cotton growing project in southern Utah. A group of settlers led by Nathan Tenney founded the settlement as Wheeler. Wheeler will be completely erased cards January 8, 1862 following a flood of the Virgin River. The locality was rebuilt a little higher and was renamed New Grafton after Grafton (Massachusetts).

The locality is growing quite well in the first years. 28 families of farmers lived there in 1864. The latter dug irrigation canals and planted orchards. The settlement became the seat of Kane County from January 1866 to January 1867, but a change in county boundaries placed the locality in Washington County.

Floods were not the only problem of farmers. The river carries in the region enormous quantities of clay which are deposited in the channels. These last ones had to be very regularly dredged to be released. The locality was quite isolated and the outbreak of a Black Hawk War in Utah (1866) caused the departure of many inhabitants before the population was completely transferred to Rockville.

New chronic floods discouraged the return of the inhabitants of Grafton. In 1890, only four families still reside here. The life of the locality ended in 1921 when the local Mormon local church closed. The last inhabitant left Grafton in 1944 and the city became a ghost town.




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