was on the left bank of the Fremont
River, sixty-five miles southeast of Loa.
In 1882, the Mormon Church sent Elijah Cutler
Behunin to open this area for settlement. He was the first man to take
a wagon through Capitol Wash (now known as Capitol
Reef Gorge) in the Capitol
Reef National park. The town he established was named to honor Iohn
T. Caine, Utah territory's representative to Congress. Periodic flooding
caused the people to abandon their homes in Caineville and much arable
land was lost. Erosion and abandosment eventually reverted this area
to open range and ranch land. Today, much of this area is again under
cultivation because of improved irrigation techniques. Presently there
are no substantial settlements along this stretch of the river, and
Caineville could best be called a ghost town.
W. Van Cott