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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
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.
Sets & memorabilia from movies made in Utah's Little Hollywood.
See photos of the Kanab area.
A Visit Kanab website with loads of information about the area.
State and National Parks in the area.
Hwy 89 North
A Museum inside a cave with exhibits and displays of fossils, dinosaur tracks, minerals, rocks, artifacts and much more.
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
The Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts.
Docent tours daily by appt.
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City of Kanab
76 N Main
Kanab, UT 84741
Kanab is governed by a council-manager form of government
2000 - 40.1 years
The Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 1,258
2000 - 1,492
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