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My County report is on Kane. Its County seat is Kanab and it was settled in 1864, but then abandoned. Kanab was then later resettled in 1870 at the very request of Brigham Young. Kane County was named after Thomas L. Kane, an eccentric young Pennsylvanian who had helped the Mormons as a friend through a difficult time during the "Mormon War." He also had many political connections in Washington D.C. During President Polk's Administration, 1845 -1849, and played a roll in the calling of the Mormon Battalion during the Mexican-American War in 1846-48. He had become a friend of the Mormons when he had been seriously ill during a visit to the Mormon Church settlements on the Missouri River in 1846. He continued to be an unofficial advisor to Brigham Young until Young died.
It's land area is 3,904 square miles and the population is 6,000. Kane's main crops that they harvest are fruits, corn, wheat, barley, oats, and alfalfa. The livestock they raise are cattle, sheep and poultry. It also mines coal, sand, and gravel. They manufacture clothing, and the recreational areas are Kodachrome Basin State Park, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, and movie ghost towns in and around Kanab. In fact the creation of Lake Powell, one of the Utah's major
In March 1874, Brigham Young encouraged the formation of a United Order at Orderville. The Orderville experiment in communal living was more successful and longer-lived than other attempts, making this town unique among Utah settlements.
In 1922 when "Deadwood Coach" with Tom mix was filmed in Kane County, the Parry brothers of Kanab, led in the development of lodging food and other kinds of services for film crews; and by the 1930's Kanab was called "Little Hollywood" because, so many movies were made there.
The 1920's and the 1930's also saw Kanab become a tourist center for visitors to Bryce Canyon, Zion, and Grand Canyon national parks.
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Latter Day Saint movement, Kanab, Utah, Thomas L. Kane, Mormon pioneers, United Order, Utah, Mormon Battalion, Levi Stewart, Kane County, Utah
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