Way back when, long before settlers began making their treks west, this area of Utah was along a route used by Native Americans as they made their seasonal migrations in the spring and fall. The first recorded European expedition was made in 1776 by Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, two Franciscan monks who set out with cartographer Don Bernardo Miera y Pacheco to map a route from Santa Fe to the missions in California.
In the 1840’s migrants from areas previously considered “the west” began making their way into territory opened by massive land acquisitions in the early nineteenth century. The Mormons from Nauvoo, Illinois began to migrate to the area, the first group being the Pace family who arrived in 1848. Other Mormons would join them later to homestead, primarily ranching and farming until the railroads arrived in the late 1870’s.
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