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Annabella in Sevier County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Settlement of Annabella

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, September 29, 2018
1. Settlement of Annabella Marker
Inscription.  In the spring of 1871, Harry Dalton, James Powell, and their families traveled across Sevier Valley to Omni Point at the base of Cove Mountain. In early fall that same year, the Edward Killick Roberts and John Gleave families moved from Glenwood to Omni Point. These four families became the first settlers of the town that was to become known as “Annabella.” The town was named after two of the first woman settlers: Anna Roberts and Isabella Dalton. Through hard work and diligence, the settlers built homes, cleared the ground, planted crops, and established a town.

Small springs at Omni Point supplied water for the first few families; but, as more families arrived and settled down in the valley, water from a spring in Red Butte Canyon was drawn for culinary use. Irrigation water was diverted from lakes on the mountain, through Cottonwood Canyon. Settlers commenced building the Annabella Canal in 1871, and they began watering crops in 1872.

The first homes were dugouts but were soon replaced with log and adobe cabins with dirt floors. Sawmills were established in the 1800s on Cove Mountain. Logs were cut and trimmed,
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hauled to the saw mills, and then cut into lumber. Better homes were later built of brick. The first schools were held in log cabins. A two-story hall was constructed with classrooms on the first floor. The social hall, located on the second floor, was used for dances, plays, and social gatherings. A new brick school house was built in 1920.

In February of 1911, Annabella was established with a town government. On July 3, 2011, Annabella celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary, honoring its pioneer heritage.
 
Erected 2012 by Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Camp Red Butte. (Marker Number 569.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is February 1911.
 
Location. 38° 42.419′ N, 112° 3.645′ W. Marker is in Annabella, Utah, in Sevier County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Center Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annabella UT 84711, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trader and Explorer Trails (approx. 2.1 miles away); Our Town ~ Old Inverury (approx. 2.2 miles away); Richfield Presbyterian Church and School
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By Bill Kirchner, September 29, 2018
3. Settlement of Annabella Marker
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(approx. 4.2 miles away); Fort Omni – Richfield (approx. 4.4 miles away); Richfield Carnegie Library (approx. 4.4 miles away); Academy Hall (approx. 4.4 miles away); Richfield Pioneers (approx. 4.7 miles away); Elsinore (approx. 4.9 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 6, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 6, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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