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The Cities and communities of Piute County, Utah*

 

Alunite, Angle

Circleville

Greenwich

Junction (County Seat)

Kimberly, Kingston

Marysvale

Thompsonville

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

If you have information about any of these unlinked communities, please send it to us and we will add a page for that community. Some of these places above may only be neighborhoods or local area names and are not listed with the census at all or just included in a larger surrounding designated census area..

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Government

County Government
550 North Main,
Junction, Utah 84740
Phone: 435-577-2840

Piute County Courthouse
21 North Main
Junction, UT 84740
Phone: 435-577-2840
FAX: 435-577-2628

The County Seat of Piute County is Junction

Piute County government information

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Population:

1970 - 1,146
1980 - 1,329
1990 - 1,277
1995 - 1,419
1999 - 1,600
2000 - 1,435
2004 - 1,393
2005 - 1,365 (estimate)

Housing Units:
2000 - 745

Density:
2000 - 2 persons per square mile

Piute County US Census Quick Facts

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Location:

Piute County is located in south-central Utah about 200 miles south of Salt Lake City.

It is on U.S. Highway 89 at its junction with State Highway 153. A nice scenic ride would take you over the Tushar Mountains to Beaver and I-15, one of the major highways in the state.

Bryce Canyon is located 50 miles away and Zion National Park is about 100 miles. Grand Canyon, north rim is approximately 200 miles from the county.

Here is a map page for the county. Also try this map page or this map page

Neighboring counties:
North - Sevier County
East - Wayne County
South - Garfield County
West - Beaver County

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Climate:

The area is noted for its dry, mild climate and the marvelous clean, pure air! The winters are relatively dry and warm compared to the other areas of the state. Snow will fall in the mountain areas of the county, but the valleys usually remain snowless. The summer is the time for the most rainfall which in turn nourishes the crops during this season providing livestock feed for the animals. Summers are also very mild with few extreme high temperatures. Fall is very comfortable and tends to last longer than in many areas. Springtime usually brings wind and more days of inclement weather than the other seasons.

Average Temperature:
Winter - 27 degrees F.
Summer - 85 degrees F.

Annual average precipitation: 9 inches

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Other Facts and Figures:

Median Household Income:
2000 - $29,625
2005 - $31,056

Per capita Income:
2000 - $12,697
2002 - $18,043

Median house value:
2000 - $80,900
2005 - $94,856

Median age:
2000 - 38.9 years

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History:

A history page for Piute County. For more history, also try these: history page, more history and a history summary

Piute County was founded in 1865 when it was split off from Beaver County. The name is derived from the Paiute tribe of Native Americans. Mormon pioneers from Ephraim came into the area in 1864, settling in Circleville and Junction. Here they found abundant feed for cattle and other livestock. This industry remains as important in today's economy as it was in past years. Piute County remains one of the smallest counties in the state in size as well as in population.

The majority of land in the county, almost 75%, is federally owned. Of the private holdings, most is used for agriculture, mainly livestock and dairy products. The climate and soils are perfect for the growth of livestock feed. Mining has also taken a prominent place in the county economy, though this sector is in a growth phase.

Here is an interesting story about Butch Cassity and the Sundance Kid who are associated with Piute County history.

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Geography:

Size:
Total area: 766 square miles
Total land area: 758 square miles
Total water area: 8 square miles

The county is 25th in size in the state

Elevation: 6000 feet above sea level

Latitude: 38.45 (at Marysvale)
Longitude: 112.23 (at Marysvale)

The geography for the county is mountainous with the Tushar Range in the west and the Parker Range and high Sevier Plateau in the east. The remainder is the Sevier River Valley and the Grass Valley areas.

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Genealogy:

Piute County US GenWeb Project page
Linkpendium genealogy page for Piute County

The Political Graveyard for Piute County

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Libraries:

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Schools:

Piute School District
P.O. Box 69
Junction, UT 84740
Phone: 435-577-2912
Number of Schools: 3
Circleville Elementary, Oscarson Elementary and Piute High School

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Economy:

Agriculture has long been a mainstay in the Piute County economy. Livestock and dairying have been the major emphasis in agricultural activities. With the recent rapid rises in meat prices and the steady although less spectacular rises in dairy prices, the emphasis will undoubtedly be even more on livestock and dairying. Hay, grain and pasture have been principal crops and all are producod to be used in livestock and dairy production. Potato raising was important in the county at one time. Mining was historically prominent in the county with several mining ghost towns still scattered around. Gold and Silver were the main ores with lead and zinc also being mined. There is still much ore to be mined, but the costs outweigh the benefits at the present time for profitable mining operations.

Economic information for Piute County

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Organizations & Groups

Piute County Travel
Piute County Courthouse
Junction, UT 84740
Phone: 435-577-2949

Piute County Chamber of Commerce

 

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Attractions & Other Information

ATV Utah - great places to do your preferred outdoor recreation

Big Rock Candy Mountain Resort - lots to do in the outdoors and a great atmosphere!

Fremont Indian State Park

Off-road Adventure Guide

Fish Lake National Forest

The Sevier River

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