Discover the Magic and Beauty of the
Land Where the Rainbow Ends
Piute County is located in the central southern portion of the state, and at the present, is one of the smallest in both area and population of Utah's twenty-nine counties. Its area is largely covered with mountains. In fact, it would probably be one of Utah's largest counties if it were ironed out flat.
There are two narrow valleys in the County, one east and one west, that furnish tillable land for agriculture. The western valley of the Sevier River runs from Marysvale on the north to Junction, Kingston and Circleville on the south. The eastern valley is the Otter Creek Valley. It is about the same length and width beginning a the Greenwich area on the north, and running to the Angle-Antimony area on the south. These valleys produce some of the finest potatoes in the world due to the high altitude and rich soil. They are truly mountain grown.
Kingston is a beautiful area for picnicking, camping, hiking and fishing. The rock formations in the canyon are varied and interesting with many Indian caves to explore. The town of Kingston is a treat to visit. It is beautifully rural and has many historic and human interest sights. The crumbled remains of the tree open-air dance halls in the County are reminders of the excitement and romance of the 1930s to 1950s. The open-air dance hall just outside of the Kingston was called Purple Haze. It has had some work done on it and has been used for dancing on special occasions through the years.
There are three reservoirs located within the county boundaries. The two largest, Piute and Otter Creek, supply water for the counties to the west and north of Piute. The other, the Box Creek Reservoir, supplies water for the Greenwich area. The Kingston-Circleville area is irrigated from the waters of the Sevier River. The balance of the country's farms and ranches are irrigated from the numerous mountain streams.
Junction is the County seat. A beautiful old courthouse, built with handmade adobe bricks, was built in Junction in 1903. It has been in use as County offices and very functional until March 1, 1997. In 1971 it was placed on the National Register of Historical Buildings.
Groundbreaking for the new Piute County Courthouse Complex was held April 1, 1996, at 1:00 p.m. It was built on 550 North Main Street in front of the Piute High School. In one year the complex was finished and operating. The open house was held February 28, 1997. There are also a new post office and district school office in this complex. The County is enjoying the beauty and space of the new complex. The old courthouse was sold and remodeled on the inside as a vacation rental. The outside of the building was to be kept as it was.
Highway 153, which goes from Junction to Beaver, is a special scenic drive, climbing from 6,000 to 10,000 feet in beautiful mountain country abounding with deer and elk. Snowmobiling and skiing are becoming a growing sport, and this highway takes sportsmen to good snow country.
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