Historic Grafton, Utah, School
Nestled;among;the;mesas;and;canyons;of;southwestern;Utah;and;near;the south;border;of;Zion;National;Park,;history;lovers;can;visit;the;Grafton Schoolhouse.;The;building;was;constructed;in;1886;as;a;multipurpose
building and was then used as a school, meeting place, church, and dance hall. The
According to the Grafton Heritage Partnership Project, the school’s foundation is
western end of town produced the school’s adobe bricks. About 75 miles from Grafton stands Mount Trumbull, who shared some of her trees for the building.
morning hours. When the dance ended, people would hitch up their wagons and
Ghost Town on the Rio Virgin;by;Lyman;D.;and;Karen;Platt)
These families worked together to plant crops, dig irrigation ditches, and build
homes. With the onset of the Civil War and an increased need for cotton, the resi-dents;planted;cotton.;Unfortunately,;they;neglected;to;plant;enough;food;to;keep;the
land and time could be used to grow enough food to feed the residents. A flood in
rent town site is about one mile upstream from the original settlement.
When the original residents’ children grew up, married, and had families of their
own, there was no available farmland. Therefore, these new families had to go else-where;to;make;a;living,;and;Grafton;gradually;became;a;ghost;town.;However,;due