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The Cities and communities of Beaver County, Utah*



Adamsville

Beaver (County Seat)

Frisco (not a historic ghost town)

Greenville

Manderfield

Milford

Minersville

Sulphurdale



*This list of cities may not be complete. The list may contain towns, cities, villages, boroughs, neighborhoods, townships, ghost towns and other populated places.

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Information & Facts about Beaver County, Utah

Attractions & other Information - Climate - Economy - Genealogy - Geography -
Government - History - Libraries - Location - Organizations & Groups -
Other Facts & Figures - Population - Schools


Government

Beaver County Website

Beaver County Courthouse
P.O. Box 431
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-2352
FAX: 435-438-2330

The old courthouse was built in 1882 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It almost burned in 1889, damaged in an earthquake in 1901
and was scheduled for demolition in 1970. Saved for posterity, this beautiful building has been restored and now serves as a museum.

The County Seat for Beaver County is Beaver.

Beaver County Recorder
105 E Center
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-6480

Beaver County Clerk-Auditor
105 E Center
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-6463

Five County Association of Governments

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Population:

1860 - 785
1870 - 2,007
1880 - 3,918
1890 - 3,340
1900 - 3,613
1910 - 4,717
1920 - 5,139
1930 - 5,136
1940 - 5,014
1950 - 4,856
1960 - 4,331
1970 - 3,800
1980 - 4,378
1990 - 4,765
1996 - 5,591
2000 - 6,005
2005 - 6,204
2009 - 6,267

Population Density:
2000 - 2 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 30.8 years

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Location:

Beaver County is located in southwestern Utah. It ranges from the Nevada State border on the west to its eastern border with Piute County and Sevier County. On the south is Iron County with a tiny bit of Garfield County in the southeast corner. The northern boundary is with Millard County.

Here is a Beaver County map

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Climate:

The area experiences all four seasons, but no extremely hot or cold temperatures are found during the year. It is a generally sunny area with an average of 320 days of sunshine each year.  County precipitation varies with about 11.65 inches in the Beaver Valley and only about 8.5 inches in the western areas.  All areas receive some snowfall with frosts occurring as late as early June and as early as the end of September.  Of course, all climatic data varies depending on the exact location.Minersville, for example, records fewer later frosts, along with lower temperatures due to its location.

Average Annual Precipitation: 11.70 inches

Average summer high: 89 degrees F.
Average winter low: 15 degrees F.

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $34,544
2009 - $41,638

Per Capita income:
2000 - $14,957

Number of Housing Units:
2000 - 2,660
2008 - 2,874

Median house value:
2000 - $89,300
2009 - $167,689

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History:

A history page for Beaver County. Also try this history page. This is a county history page for kids!

Beaver County was named by the early settlers for the Beaver River which once had plentiful Beavers along its course. The County was formed in 1886 by the legislature of the, then, Territory of Utah.

Early visitors to the area were the Dominguez-Escalante expedition in 1776 which came through the area which would become Milford. Jedediah S. Smith in 1826-27 and John C. Fremont in 1844 also traversed the county area. In April 1856, the first real settlers came from Parowan to build a new community. Fort Cameron was built in Beaver in 1873 for protection from Indian hostilities and also to aid in prosecution of those responsible for the Mountain Meadow Massacre. After the fort was abandoned in 1883, it became the Murdock Academy, a branch of the Brigham Young Academy of Provo. Though the county has much mining and good land for both grazing and livestock, it was prosperous because of its economic diversity. Mining, transportation and trade were helpful and diversifying aspects of the Beaver County economy.

Mining towns popped up overnight during the 1875 discovery of the Horn Silver Mine in the San Francisco Mountains in the western county. Though other mines had been found, the Horn mine began a large "silver rush". Much of the early development in the county is due to the mines and their prosperity. The telegraph and railroad were both brought to the county because of the mines. Milford was settled largely because of the mining.

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Geography:

Many high mountains lie in the county. The Tushar Range is at the eastern boundary of Beaver County with Delano Peak at 12,173 feet and Mount Belknap at 12,139. The majority of the county is in the Basin and Range country which marks most of western Utah. A portion of the Fishlake National Forest is in Beaver County. The Beaver River originates in the area and flows generally west into Millard County.  A portion of the Fishlake National Forest is in the county.

The elevation in the eastern areas is 5,970 feet while in the Milford-western county area, the elevation is 4,962 feet.

Total Area: 2,592 square miles.
Land Area: 2,590 square miles
Water Area: 2 square miles

It is 90 miles from east to west and 30 miles from north to south

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Genealogy:

Beaver County Cemeteries
Kindred Trails genealogy site for Beaver County
Access Genealogy page for Beaver County
US GenWeb page for Beaver County

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Libraries:

Beaver County Library
55 W Center St
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-5274

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Schools:

Beaver County School District
291 North Main Street
P.O. Box 31
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-2291

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Economy:

The economy is mainly based on livestock and tourism. Historically, the three main sectors of the local economy have been agriculture, mining and the railroad. Although they remain important, other industries have increased in importance. Trade and Services are developing due to the increase in tourism in the county. Outdoor recreation is popular in the county, bringing with it jobs and money.

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Organizations & Groups

Beaver Utah Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 760
Beaver, Utah 84713
Toll-free: 888-848-5081
Phone: 435-438-5081

Beaver County Travel Council
P.O. Box 272
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-5438
Toll-free: 866-891-6655

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Attractions & Other Information

Cove Fort Historical Site
1 Pioneer Dr
Beaver, UT 84713
Phone: 435-438-5547
Cove Fort is located several miles north of Beaver in the southeast corner of Millard County.

Ghost Towns in Beaver County

A Guide to Beaver and Iron Counties
A Profile for Beaver County

Visitor's Center in Milford
100 South Main Street
Milford, Utah 84751
Toll-free: 866-891-6655
Phone: 435-387-2722

Visitor's Center in Beaver
40 South Main St.
Beaver, Utah 84713
Toll-free: 866-891-6655
Phone: 435-438-5438

Robert Leroy Parker - actually known as Butch Cassidy) was born here in 1866. Also from the county is Philo T. Farnsworth, born in 1906 who is known as the father of television.

Eagle Point Ski Resort
newly reopened in 2010-11 winter season
more than just skiing!

Butch Cassidy Festival held in Beaver each year
The Outlaw Run - part of the festival, is held each year in August - a half marathon or 5K race

Beaver County Fair is held in August each year

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