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History of Escalante, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Drawn by the mild climate and abundance of grazing land, the settlers raised cattle and sheep. Dairying, timber harvesting, and mining were also important to the economy of the settlement. Escalante remained an outpost on the Mormon frontier for many years and was the last community through which the famous Hole-in-the Rock expedition passed in 1879 on its epic six-month journey to the San Juan River in southeastern Utah.

Blessed with beautiful topography, fertile lands, and a relatively long growing season, Escalante has been called the "Land of the Sleeping Rainbow." The early pioneer settlers built more than fifty homes of native brick which stand as a legacy today. The town was laid out on the "Zion Plan," with four homes to the block and ten-acre farms surrounding it. Wide streets and neatly landscaped yards with corrals and barns are still characteristic of the town. Home industries, including gardening, home canning, livestock raising, quilting and making of handicrafts continue as a rich part of the community life.


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