Grafton News 2009

  JosephWright and his second wife, Mary Ann Fryer, came Utah’s Dixie in 1862. He raised cattle and “blooded” horses and was butcher by trade. After settling at Duncan’s Retreat, three miles west of Grafton, he sent two of his sons from his first marriage, William and Joseph to California, where they purchased the first horse powered…

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Grafton News 2008

Today, the Grafton Cemetery is an historical monument that provides a unique opportunity for area visitors to learn about early pioneer settlement and Grafton’s human history. It serves as a cultural legacy to the many families who are descendants of Grafton settlers. The Grafton Heritage Partnership (Partnership) entered into a cooperative management agreement with the Bureau of Land…

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Grafton News 2007

Interpretive Signs The signs and new expanded brochure are finished. We hope you enjoy reading them the next time Victor Hall of Hurricane helped with the editing along with many others. Jim Peters of Interpretative Graphics helped fabricate and will install the signs. We will install one sign near the schoolhouse and one at the cemetery as well as two side panels in the window of…

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Grafton News 2006

Interpretive Signs How to capture what was and is of focusing ideas. We could easily brochure for the town site and Interpretive Signs “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” filmed in Grafton in interpretive exhibits for Grafton is a challenge. How to do justice to all the lives that weave its history. How to evoke…

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GHPP’s Work Garners Recognition and Awards

During the last eighteen months, the Partnership’s cooperative efforts have been lauded by the Utah Heritage Foundation and the Utah Center for Rural Life. Established in 1966, Utah Heritage Foundation was the first statewide preservation organization in the western United States. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote Utah’s historic environment through public awareness,…

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Church/Schoolhouse Restoration Complete

A four-month restoration of Grafton’s most famous historic building was completed in March 2000 and has significantly extended the structures life. Springdale, Utah-based contracting company Sun Design was awarded the competitive bid for the extensive stabilization and restoration effort of the then-115 year old pioneer-built edifice. The most noticeable restoration involved patching major cracks in…

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Partnership Buys Grafton Property and dedicates conservation easements

Grafton’s future as a protected remnant of Utah’s pioneer and agricultural heritage is finally secure. Thanks to generous donations from many individuals and private foundations, three years of hard work by the Grafton Heritage Partnership Project culminated in the purchase of Grafton Property in and around the townsite that are crucial to Grafton’s future. The…

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