History of Scipio, Utah

Taken from the Utah History Encyclopedia. (Links Added)

Scipio (Millard) was settled in 1859. The town is in oval-shaped Round Valley, thirty-seven miles south/southwest of Nephi, at the junction of I-15 and US-50. Early names included Round Valley and Craball. Then, in 1861, it was named for an early settler, Scipio Kenner. A Fort Scipio also existed here at one time. The nearest town ca. 15 miles southwest of Scipio on I-15 is Holden. About 30 miles south/southeast are the towns of Redmond, Salina and Aurora. About half-way between Scipio and Salina is Lake Scipio on the west side of US-50. The lake has been drawn down for several years. Probably no fish left. Used to be a great largemouth bass fishery. To the east lie the Valley Mountains with the highest peak reaching around 8,189' (2,496 meters). To the south lie the Pahvant Mountains which rise above 10,000' (3,048.00 meters).

There are several nice pioneer style homes found throughout the town. Several houses are found on the National Register of Historic Places. They include: the Peter Quarnberg House, the Merien and Rosabelle Robins House, the Thuesen-Petersen House and the Pharo Village (a Fremont site) south of Scipio. Also on the Historic Register is the Town Hall built in 1935 which includes a museum for the D.U.P. and a Senior Citizens Center. The Scipio Town Hall was intended for use as a town hall and as a meeting place for all civic and political functions in the community.

G. William Wiersdorf

See: Utah State History, Markers and Monuments;, Central Utah Fishing Waters; BLM, Richfield Fielld Office; Scipio plaques and markers.

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