In 1870 Brigham
Young made a trip through the valley and decided it was time to resettle.
He called George W. Sevy, a resident of Harmony, to gather a company
and resettle Panguitch. The following notice appeared in the Deseret
News in early 1871: "All those who wish to go with me to resettle Panquitch
Valley, will meet me at Red Creek on the 4th day of March, 1871 and
we will go over the mountain in company to settle that country." The
company arrived 18 or 19 March, found no snow on the ground, the dwellings
and clearings unmolested, and even the crops of earlier settlers still
first moved into the fort. Progress later brought a gristmill, sawmills,
a shingle mill, post office, tannery, shoe shop, lime and brick kilns,
a hotel, and a co-op store. The meetinghouse built in the fort continued
to be used as a school and for church services. An early organization
of the united order was formed; however, it lasted only about two years
and was dissolved.
believed to be in Iron County until 9 March 1882 when the territorial
legislature created Garfield County and set the current boundaries.
School districts were created and county officials appointed. There
were no railroads at the time in Garfield County, which features extensive