Junction were settled in 1864 by a group of Mormon pioneers from Ephraim.
The Sevier Valley provided good grazing, and livestock remains important
to the economy. Wild hay, alfalfa, grain, and pastureland provide feed
for the county's limited beef and dairy production. Earth-covered potato
cellars remain as evidence of successful crops in an earlier era.
The Piute School
District employs some fifty county residents. Less obvious contributors
to the local economy are a small group of retirees in the larger towns. As
in most of Utah's rural counties, "home" has a strong pull on the natives
while economic forces tend to push recent high school graduates toward
the opportunities of urban areas. Piute County residents depend on nearby Richfield, north on Highway 89, for major services.
once played a dominant role in the county's economy. A gold and silver
boom in the Tushar Mountains spawned such towns as Bullion, Kimberly,
and Marysvale. Later, lead, zinc, alunite, and uranium were significant
products. Cyclical mining, now in a bust mode, could boom again locally.
Piute and Otter Creek reservoirs provide good boating, water skiing,
and fishing for county recreationists and visitors.
Gary B. Peterson