Kanab, Utah

Settled in 1870.

The very first settler in the area was Jacob Hamblin who build a dugout on Kanab Kreek in 1858. The name "Kanab" comes from an Indian word meaning "place of the willos." In 1865 Kanab Fort was built by Mormon settlers, which was abandoned in 1868 because of Indian hostilities. In 1870 a group of eleven families led by Levi Stewart came from Cottonwood and settled Kanab. They were joined by settlers from the Muddy settlment in southern Nevada. The town of Kanab was incorporated in 1885. Read more about the history of Kanab in the news section.

First Families of Kanab



Kanab in the News - a collection of historical news stories

Southern Utah News


Bessy Mackelprang - oral histories about her childhood in Kanab

Enid Supernaw and Vaydes Brueck oral history about movies made near Kanab Utah

History of Nellie Baird (Pugh)

Francis Lysander Porter - Autobiography

Philip B. Lewis - Obituary


History of Kanab - Online Utah

Kanab, Utah Official Website

Wikipedia - Kanab, Utah

The Untraveled Road - Kanab, Utah

Last Updated: 06.06.2015