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History of Sanpete County, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Area: 1,597 square miles: population: 16,259 (1990); county seat: Manti; origin of county name: a corruption of San Pitch, the name of a local Indian tribe; principal cities/towns: Ephraim (3,363), Manti (2,268), Mount Pleasant (2,092), Gunnison (1,298), Moroni (1,115), Fairview (960); economy: agriculture (particularly turkeys, sheep, and beef and dairy cattle), local government, and education; points of interest: Manti LDS Temple, Spring City Historic District, Fairview Museum, Wasatch Plateau, Maple and Box canyons, Snow College at Ephraim.

At the northwest corner of the Colorado Plateau, Sanpete Valley is tucked between the higher Wasatch Plateau to the east and the San Pitch or Gunnison Plateau to the west. The valley drains south to the Gunnison Valley section of the Sevier River, which then drains northwest to the Great Basin. Mount Nebo, the southern end of the Wasatch Mountains, across the border in Juab County, is a prominent viewpoint from northwest Sanpete County, and its foothills divide Sanpete Valley into two northern prongs.


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