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History of Beaver County, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Area: 2,586 square miles; population: 4,765 (in 1990); county seat: Beaver City; origin of county name: from Beaver River, so called because of the many beaver once found there; principal cities/towns: Beaver City (1,998), Milford (1,106), Minersville (608); economy: livestock, transportation, trade; points of interest: Beaver City Historic District, Frisco ghost town, Puffer Lake, Minersville Reservoir State Park, Elk Meadows ski area.

The high peaks of the Tushar Range mark the eastern boundary of Beaver County. *Delano Peak (12,173 feet) and Mount Belknap (12,139) are among the highest mountains in the state. Most of the county, however, consists of the Basin and Range country typical of western Utah.

Archaic and Sevier Cultural sites of early Indian inhabitants have been found in Beaver County, and in historic times the area was part of the Southern Paiutes' territory. The Indian Peak Paiute Reservation operated from 1915 to 1954 in southwestern Beaver County.

In 1776 the Dominguez-Escalante expedition crossed the county near present Milford. Jedediah S. Smith (in 1826-27) and John C. Fremont (in 1844) had also traveled in the Beaver area before Albert Carrington explored it for the Mormons. The county was created in 1856, the same year Beaver City was founded.

The U.S. Army built Fort Cameron in Beaver City in 1873, partly in response to Indian hostilities and partly to aid the 2nd District Court in the prosecution of those accused of participating in the Mountain Meadows Massacre. John D. Lee's two trials were held in Beaver, and he was briefly imprisoned at the fort. The fort, abandoned in 1883, became the site of Murdock Academy (1898-1922), a branch of Brigham Young Academy, the forerunner of Brigham Young University.


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