Grafton, Washington County, Utah
Grafton is located in eastern Washington County about two miles west of Rockville and just south of the Virgin River. Grafton was first settled in 1859. Was also known as Wheeler. The town was finally abandoned in 1921 after years of battling the floods and drought of the seemingly calm Virgin River. Some wonderful, hardy families lived in Grafton and a lot of their descendants still live in nearby towns of Rockville, Springdale, and Virgin. Grafton is best known for its old buildings that were used in scenes in the movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." The buildings are now in danger of being destroyed by vandalism. -CBA
Grafton Cemetery Records: from Wesley W. Craig's Washington County Cemetery Index
Grafton Pioneer Index
Nathan Cram Tenney: Life sketch of early Grafton pioneer, it includes a little of the history of Grafton, including the origin of the name.
Grafton Church House Picture/Text on Surweb.org
Southern Utah Preservation article from Salt Lake Tribune - includes a nice color picture of Grafton.
- short history from University of Utah press.
Note to all:
If you have histories of the pioneers of Grafton (on a website or that you
would like to have published on the web), other genealogy help for this town,
or know of related links please let me know.
Copyright © 2006 by Cynthia B. Alldredge