History of Escalante, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)

Hardy pioneers, closely knit by family and neighborhood relationships, build a strong, conservative community. Isolated from major highways and large cities, the people battled the elements to build irrigation systems, electrical and telephone services (which eventually became locally owned), service stations, a bank, an airport, and other facilities which have made Escalante an important oasis for the thousands of tourists who visit the area each year. Visitors come to hike the Escalante River, follow the historic Hole-in-the-Rock Trail, view ancient Indians structures and rock art, traverse the magnificent Burr Trail to Lake Powell, and drive the 120-mile-long "Scenic By-Way"-Highway 12-connecting Bryce Canyon National Park and Capitol Reef National Park, along which Escalante is located in the middle.

The community is still dependent on a multiple-use-of-resources system with tourism, livestock, and timber the mainstays of the local economy. The community remains predominately Mormon; students attend the local elementary school, the junior high school, and the high school. Escalante reached its largest population in 1940 with 1,161 residents, but it has dropped to its lowest number, 638 inhabitants, by 1970. Since 1970 the population has gradually increased to 818 in 1990.

Marilyn Jackson

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