History of Kamas, Utah
Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia (Links Added)
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Easy access to nearby mountains made lumbering a natural local industry. Settlers cut and hauled logs to Salt Lake City to trade for provisions; the trip usually took at least four days. John Pack built the first local sawmill in 1860 on Beaver Creek a few miles east of Kamas. Richard Pangburn built a shingle mill near the townsite as well. In the 1990s, Kamas is still known for its fine wood mills. Another early industry that distinguished Kamas Valley was dairying. John Pack established the valley's first cheese factory in 1868, and, again, Kamas is even today identified as one of the finest dairy sections in the state. Its fertile land is also used for stock raising. Agriculture is facilitated by this excellent soil, the climate, and an abundance of water.

Over the years Kamas has had a number of local businesses, including mercantile and banking institutions. It also has kept pace with other Summit County towns in providing modern services. In 1916 an independent electric lighting system was installed by George W. Butler. Telephones, modern water systems, and improved roads came to Kamas during the first decade of the twentieth century. The population of the town in 1990 was 1,061.


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