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History of Escalante, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Many current residents, as in the case in most Utah communities, trace their roots to a few hardy pioneers. Those frequently associated with Escalante are the families of Willard, Henry, and Thomas Heaps; Hosiah Barker; Earnest Griffin; Jared Porter; Don Carols Shirts; Napoleon and Lorenzo Roundy; Perry Liston; William Henry Deuel; Joseph Spencer; William Alvey; James McInelly; Morgan Richards; William Cottam; and Andrew P. Schow, who served as Mormon bishop and leader of the community for thirty-five years.

During the 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps set up under federal New Deal legislation brought new life to the community and improved roads to Posey Lake and Boulder. However, increased government management of public lands brought new and sometimes onerous restrictions to some whose livelihood was based on the land. World War II saw a migration to the industrialized cities, as local growth was limited to what the natural resources could sustain.


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