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Dr. Wesley P. Larsen wrote in his book, Paiute Scrapbook, that the Indian "Paiute participation was a key element in the white man's exploration and settlement of southern Utah…... Without their aid, discovery of the best agricultural land, water sources and townsites would have been much slower and probably would have had a heavier toll in lives lost."

 

Lyman D. and Karen Platt wrote in their book, Grafton, Ghost Town on the Rio Virgin, that the Indians had lived in the upper Virgin River area long before the pioneers settled it. With the first arrivals the Indians were friendly and assisted

them in working their lands and tending their flocks and herd, digging water ditches, cutting firewood, carrying water, finding plants for medicine and other similar chores. However, it was not long before these first settlers created

resentment with the natives because they brought many head of cattle, horses and sheep which began to consume the Indians' food source and this naturally led to hostilities.

 

Grafton ghost town, south of Zion National Park, Utah, USA.

 

May 14, 2005 * Taken by Lorien

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