Grafton Utah Ghost Town
Grafton Utah was first settled in 1861. Grafton, Utah is two miles West of Rockville, Utah and 1/4 mile south of the Virgin River.
Grafton had problems with recurring
serious flooding. The Great Flood of 1862 washed the town site away. The
town was then resettled on higher ground in 1862. Grafton
became a ghost town in 1921.
There is a cemetery on the outskirts of
the old town where you can read a little history and view the names of the
people who tried to make a new home in the path of the virgin river.
Vandalism had destroyed most of the abandoned structures.
Preservation of the old buildings is now under way.
On your way to
National Park it is fun to stop and visit this quaint little
ghost town. Grafton is located just west
of the town of Rockville on State Route 9. Take Bridge Road over
the river and then follow it westward as it parallels the river
to the town site.
Here is a link to the PDF copy of the
Historic Grafton Pamphlet from the Utah Division of State
History and the National Parks Association.