About Emery County UT
Emery County is a county in east-central Utah, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 10,976. Its county seat is Castle Dale, and the largest city is Huntington.
The Green River flows southward along the east side of the county. The Price River flows southeastward through the NE corner of the county to its discharge point into the Green on the county’s east border. The San Rafael River rises in the NW part of the county and cuts its was across the county’s central areas before discharging into the Green several miles south of the city of Green River. The county terrain is rough flat areas broken by mountain ranges and ridges and carved by water erosion, generally sloping to the south and east. The county’s highest point is 10,743′ (3274m) ASL, in the Central Utah Plateaus on the county’s main north border. The county has a total area of 4,472 square miles (11,580 km), of which 4,462 square miles (11,560 km) is land and 9.5 square miles (25 km) (0.2%) is water. The Wasatch Plateau, a mountainous area, sits along the western boundary. The main population of the county lives along the base of these mountains. The San Rafael Swell occupies most of the area to the east.
The western side of the county is the most populated and contains numerous small communities residing in an agricultural valley that roughly parallels the Manti National Forest to the west. Streams originate in the Wasatch Plateau on the forest and their headwaters are stored in several reservoirs. Agricultural areas depend on these reservoirs and waterways for survival and some farmland communities struggle with excess salinity. The east side of the county is dry with rough terrain. Green River, the largest community on this side of the county, is more closely tied to the communities and economy of Grand County. Emery County’s maps show the importance of the forest lands to the local communities as there are few significant groundwater aquifers in the area.
Emery County contains three areas: the mountainous Wasatch Plateau to the west; Castle Valley, where the major settlements are located; and the desert of the San Rafael Swell, the San Rafael Reef, Cedar Mountain, and the remote stretches on the east.
The San Rafael River, the life blood of the county, originates in the Wasatch Plateau where the headwaters are stored in several reservoirs for agricultural and industrial use. It flows into Castle Valley in three branches—Huntington Creek, Cottonwood Creek, and Ferron Creek—which unite to form the San Rafael River after they pass the communities and adjacent farm land. It then twists its way through the rock and desert to its junction with the Green River.
Geographical names feature Native American, Spanish and English influences. Two Ute Indian names: Wasatch, a gap in the mountains; Quitchupah, a place where animals fare poorly. Wasatch is the name of the plateau between the Sanpete Valley and the Castle Valley. Quitchupah is a small creek south of Emery. The Spanish name which is still used is San Rafael which means Saint Ralph. During Spanish times the name Rafael was also given to the present Ferron Creek. In 1873, A.D. Ferron, the surveyor sent by Washington to perform cadastral surveys of eastern Utah, named this creek, but prior to this time it was the Rafael. The Ute Indians called it the Cabulla, which refers to the small edible part of a cactus pear. Huntington Creek was originally called San Marcus; Ute Indians called it Sivareeche, and the Spanish called it Mateo. The Indians called Castle Valley Tompin-con-tu or rock house land which relates to the present Castle Valley. The Spanish named the valley St. Joseph’s Valley.
Emery County Utah neighborhoods include: Alpine, Altamont, American Fork, Aneth, Apple Valley, Ballard, Beaver, Beryl, Bingham Canyon, Blanding, Bluebell, Bountiful, Brian Head, Brigham City, Brighton, Cedar City, Cedar Valley, Centerville, Central, Clearfield, Coalville, Collinston, Corinne, Dammeron Valley, Deweyville, Draper, Duchesne, Dugway, Dutch John, Eagle Mountain, East Carbon, Eden, Farmington, Ferron, Fielding, Fort Duchesne, Fruitland, Garden City, Garland, Genola, Grantsville, Green River, Greenville, Grouse Creek, Hanna, Heber City, Helper, Herriman, Hideout, Highland, Hill Afb, Honeyville, Hooper, Huntington, Huntsville, Hurricane, Ivins, Jensen, Kamas, Kaysville, Lapoint, La Verkin, Layton, Lehi, Lindon, Logan, Magna, Manila, Mantua, Mapleton, Midvale, Midway, Milford, Moab, Modena, Monticello, Morgan, Mountain Home, Myton, Neola, Nephi, Newcastle, New Harmony, North Salt Lake, Ogden, Orem, Paragonah, Park City, Park Valley, Parowan, Payson, Peoa, Pine Valley, Pleasant Grove, Plymouth, Portage, Price, Provo, Randlett, Riverton, Roosevelt, Roy, Rush Valley, Saint George, Salem, Salt Lake City, Sandy, Santa Clara, Santaquin, Saratoga Springs, Snowville, South Jordan, Spanish Fork, Springville, Stockton, Summit, Sundance, Syracuse, Tabiona, Talmage, Terra, Thompson, Tooele, Tremonton, Tridell, Vernal, Vernon, Veyo, Vineyard, Wallsburg, Washington, Wellington, Wendover, West Bountiful, West Haven, West Jordan, West Valley City, Whiterocks, Willard, Woodland Hills, Woodruff, Woods Cross
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