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Kane County, Utah


"Little Hollywood"

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History & History-related items

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Organizations, Churches, and Sports.




Statistics & Facts

The Utah state capital is Salt Lake City.
The population of Kanab is approximately 3,804 (2009), 4312 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 1,492 (2000), 1729 (2010).
The amount of land area in Kanab is 36.3 sq. kilometers.
The amount of land area in Kanab is 14.0 sq. miles.
The amount of surface water is 0.1 sq kilometers.
The distance from Kanab to Washington DC is 2017 miles.
The distance to the Utah state capital is 265 miles. (as the crow flies)
Kanab is positioned 37.02 degrees north of the equator and 112.51 degrees west of the prime meridian.
Kanab elevation is 4,925 feet above sea level.
Kanab per capita income is $ 19,788 (2009).
Kanab median income is $ 43,005 (2009).
The Kanab median home price is $ 156,522 (2009).
Kanab average annual precipitation is 14 inches peryear.
The average low temperature is (winter) 18, (spring) 41, (summer) 64, (fall) 41 degrees F.
The average high temperature is (winter) 39, (spring) 79, (summer) 99, (fall) 74 degrees F.


On Hwy 89, 80 miles east of St. George and very near the Arizona border. It is just 55 miles to Lake Powell. Nearby communities include: Orderville, Glendale, Hildale, Springdale and Alton, all in Utah and Fredonia, Kaibab and Colorado City, all in Arizona.

Here is a map page for the area.
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moderate. The area enjoys a short, mild winter and a long, moderate spring. It is comfortable year-round. Here is a weather page for Kanab.
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History & History Related Items

Named for a Paiute word meaning "place of the willows," Kanab is one ot the hundreds of settlements established in the Western Territories of the United States by Mormon Pioneers under the direction of the leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Brigham Young. He first sent Jacob Hamblin to the area of Kanab to help build good relations with the Native Americans who lived in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah Territories. Then in 1865 Jacob was asked to build a fort in the area of Kanab to which Brigham Young sent Levi Stewart to start a settlement. At a later visit Stewart was ordained the first Bishop of Kanab and in 1870, Kanab was officially formed. It was from a base camp in Kanab that much of the west, including the Grand Canyon was surveyed and officially mapped by Major John Wesley Powell and a group of men.

Through the struggles of a frontier community Kanab grew with Cattle Ranching as its main industry. It still remains a ranching community. Tourism was introduced by a visionary man, by the name of Edwin D. Wooley, or "Uncle Dee", as most knew him, in June of 1909 . Uncle Dee, after overcoming many obstacles and doubting friends, arranged for 2 automobiles to drive from Salt Lake City to Kanab and on to the Grand Canyon then back to Salt Lake again. There were no gas stations and the roads were wagon paths... The needed Gasoline was shipped to Marysvale, Utah on the train and wagons brought the 5 gallon cans and deposited them along the road, now known as Highway 89. It was quite an event when the automobiles rolled into Kanab. They stayed for 3 days to work on the cars and gave many people rides before going on to the Grand Canyon. That trip that we can drive in a few hours took several days. But in a few short years folks started flocking to the area to see the scenic wonders around Kanab.

In the 1930's the Parry Brothers and Fay Hamblin encouraged the interested film industry from Hollywood to come film on a regular basis. With the community's friendly hospitality, hard working and talented citizens, Kanab soon built a reputation as "Little Hollywood," Kanab's Nickname. Film companies still come to Kanab.

Kanab is rich in history and is part of the Mormon Pioneer Heritage Area along Heritage Highway 89. Come spend a few days walking the paths and streets that pioneers walked and see the homes that the Pioneers built and the buildings where Pioneers did business in Kanab.

Here is a Kanab history page

Kanab city historical department
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The settling of Kanab


The founding of Kanab



Grand Canyon National Park

Because of the use of the area for moviemaking, the entire region is known as The Greatest Earth on Show.

Frontier Movie Town
297 W. Center St.
Kanab, UT
Phone: 435-644-5337
Sets & memorabilia from movies made in Utah's Little Hollywood.

See photos of the Kanab area.

Here is a Visitor's Guide for Kanab. Also try this guide for Kanab.

A Visit Kanab website with loads of information about the area.

State and National Parks in the area.

Moqui Cave
Hwy 89 North
Kanab, Utah
Phone: 435-644-8525
A Museum inside a cave with exhibits and displays of fossils, dinosaur tracks, minerals, rocks, artifacts and much more.

Jacob Hamblin Days is held in Kanab each June. Jacob Hamblin was a local colonizer and friend to the Indians of the area.

Check these pictures of Kanab.

Western Legends Roundup is held in August each year with all types of activities, food and fun.

Maynard Dixon Living History Museum
in nearby Mount Carmel
2200 South State Street
Mount Carmel, Utah
Phone: 435-648-2653
The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts.
Docent tours daily by appt.
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Kanab City Government

City of Kanab Website

City of Kanab
76 N Main
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: (435)644-2534

Kanab is governed by a council-manager form of government

Kanab Municipal Airport information. The airport is located two miles south of Kanab. 6040' paved runway 75' wide, 40 tiedowns 1 tour operator
Kane County Hospital
355 North Main St.
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-5811


Kane County Clerk
76 N Main St
Kanab, UT 84741-3219
Phone: 435-644-2458

Kane County Office of Tourism
78 South 100 East
Kanab, Utah 84741
Toll-free: 800-733-5263
Fax: (435) 644-5033

Kanab Chamber

Kanab Chamber of Commerce
78 S. 100 E.
P.O. Box 534
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435 644-8276
Toll-free: 800 733-5263

Kanab Organizations

Kanab Chamber of Commerce
78 S. 100 E.
P.O. Box 534
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435 644-8276
Toll-free: 800 733-5263

Kanab Libraries

Kanab City Library
374 N Main St
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435 644-2534

Kanab Schools

Kane County School District
746 S. 175 E.
Kanab, UT 84741
Phone: 435-644-2555 Kanab


The population of Kanab was:
1890 - 409
1900 - 710
1910 - 733
1920 - 1,102
1930 - 1,195
1940 - 1,397
1950 - 1,287
1960 - 1,645
1970 - 1,381
1980 - 2,148
1990 - 3,289
1998 - 3,895
2000 - 3,564
2009 - 3,804 Population Density:
2000 - 254.2 persons per square mile

Median age:
2000 - 40.1 years

The Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 1,258
2000 - 1,492

Median Household Income:
2000 - $ 35,125
2009 - $ 43,005

Per Capita Income:
2000 - $ 16,128
2009 - $ 19,788

Median House Value:
2000 - $ 96,500
2009 - $ 156,522

Kanab is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in Daylight Savings Time. the area code is 435

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