This week’s road trip was to Grafton, Utah. It is on Highway 9 in Southern Utah heading toward Zion National Park. A very small sign alerted us to the Grafton turn off in the middle of Rockville, Utah. After two blocks we headed over a historical steel bridge.
The road changes to red clay dirt for several miles. On the left of the Y in the road, is the Grafton Cemetery.
As you can see from the above chart sickness and accidents were causes of death. Six babies all under one were buried here between 1862-1866.
These are the graves of the first three written on the sign, The Yorks.
After the cemetery, we drove further down the clay road, through pastures and trees, toward the Virgin River and found the Church/School house and homes still standing in good shape.
The School house/church was built in 1986. The two-story walls stand on a lava rock foundation quarried from a nearby hillside. The adobe bricks were handmade from clay dug west of town. Trees from mount Trumbull, 75 miles away, were used to hew the building’s beams. This building was used as a school, church, meeting-house and community center. The last school class met in 1919. Each Friday dances with music was held for the community. In 1864 the census recorded 168 people living here.
The Alonzo H. Russell house was built in 1862. Following Alonzo’s death, his son Frank bought the home for $200 and a cow.
The Louisa Marie Russell Home built in 1873, the back added on in 1879. Louisa Owned one of the first weaving looms in Grafton which she brought from New Hampshire.
The John and Ellen Wood Home was built in 1877. It has all the historic elements surrounding the house, split rail fence, large log barn and a raised granary building.
The surrounding scenery is beautiful. Snow lingers on the north facing mountains while south-facing mountains are clear and bright red. The meadows are brown and trees bare, but the land is rich with history.
I hope you enjoyed your tour of Grafton, Utah. Traveling to Ghost towns is a passion of mine and I am excited to share this new series on my blog. Watch for next weeks, where I will take you to tri-cities ghost towns, Harrisburg, Leeds and Silver Reef, Utah. Silver Reef claims a special title, stay tuned for more.