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Kanarraville in Iron County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Fort Kanarra

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
1. Fort Kanarra Marker
Inscription. Old Kanarra, as it was called by early inhabitants, was founded in the spring of 1861 by settlers who moved from Fort Harmony. The town was situated on Kanarra Creek about one mile north and east of the present location. Later, a group from Toquerville built on the present site in the spring town fashion shown. This settlement became known as Fort Kanarra.
In 1866 the present townsite of Kanarraville was surveyed by settlers from Kanab. During the same year this aggregate of settlements became one when the original group also moved to the new townsite, bringing with them a log meeting house. This building served for several years as a church, school and social hall. To build their homes, logs were hauled out of Shirts' Canyon to the east.
The first child born in Kanarraville, James Wallace Pollock, son of Samuel Pollock, arrived on November 17, 1866 in his father's blacksmith shop.
On September 29, 1867 Apostle Erastus Snow set apart Lorenzo W. Roundy as the first Bishop of this Mormon community.
The town may have acquired its name from either of two sources. The popular belief is that the name came from an Indian Chief, Kuanar, who resided along the creek. Another origin may have been from the kind of willows that grew along the creek, Kanarra Willows
 
Erected 1976.
Fort Kanarra Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
2. Fort Kanarra Marker

 
Location. 37° 32.215′ N, 113° 10.994′ W. Marker is in Kanarraville, Utah, in Iron County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 80 South Main Street, Kanarraville UT 84742, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. South Rim of the Great Basin (approx. 3 miles away); Fort Harmony (approx. 5.1 miles away); Hamilton Fort (approx. 6.9 miles away); Kolob Canyons (approx. 7.1 miles away); Collapsing Scenery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Military Training Camp Site (approx. 7.4 miles away); New Harmony (approx. 8 miles away); Hornet Hill Monument (approx. 9.6 miles away).
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesSettlements & Settlers
 
Fort Kanarra Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, August 29, 2012
3. Fort Kanarra Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 14, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 434 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 14, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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