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History of Giles, Blue Valley, Utah
Taken from the Utah Place Names. (Links Added)
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Giles was in Blue Valley, eleven miles northeast of Caineville on U-24. Hanksville is seven miles east. Hyrum Burgess was one of the first men in the Blue Valley along the Fremont River. The developing community was named to honor their religious leader and prominent citizen, Mormon Bishop Henry Giles. Alternating water shortages and floods with accumulating salts in the soil ruined the cropland and by 1919 the town was abandoned. Today the area is being reclaimed and farming is again predominant. Remnants of the former town are still evident.

John W. Van Cott


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