square miles; population: 15,431 (1990); county seat: Richfield; origin
of county name: after the Sevier River, from the Spanish Rio Severo;
principal cities/towns: Richfield (5,593), Salina (1,943), Monroe (1,472);
economy: livestock, manufacturing, trade; points of interest: Fremont
State Park in Clear Creek Canyon, Fish Lake, Big Rock Candy Mountain,
Elsinore White Rock School.
is located in the high plateau country of central Utah. Most of the
towns lie near the Sevier River in a fertile valley bordered on the
west by the Pahvant Range and on the east by the Wasatch and Fish Lake
plateaus. National forests cover almost half of the county. The area
is seismically active, and a number of earthquakes have centered in
the southern part of the county on the Sevier Fault.
Indian sites have been found. Sudden Shelter, an Archaic site on Ivie
Creek, contains the oldest time record in Utah east of the Wasatch--B.C.
5080 to A.D. 1900. Fremont and Sevier Culture sites continue to be found,
especially during construction projects. Fremont State Park preserves
a recently uncovered Fremont Culture prehistoric village.