Manti is the
county seat of Sanpete County, Utah.
Manti, Utah, has a population in 1992 of approximately 2,000 people. It is situated in the Sanpete
Valley of central Utah, at an elevation of slightly over 5,500 feet.
Manti was settled
in late November 1849 by 224 men, women, and children. The group left
the Valley of the Great Salt Lake on October 28. This, the first settlement south of Provo,
Utah, resulted from a personal invitation from the Ute
chief Walker in June 1849. He invited President Brigham
Young of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (the Mormons) to send a colony of his people to join the
encampments of Chief Sanpeetch's people already in the valley. Chief
Walker and Brigham Young together are considered to be the founders
The name "Sanpeetch"
is uninterpreted. It may have meant or implied something to do with
"red earth," but the meaning as far as it can be interpreted today has
been lost. The river that drains the valley is still called "Sanpitch,"
but the name of the valley and the county has been modified to "Sanpete,"
spelled in one word with the stress on the first syllable.