Bicknell, Utah

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Bicknell is a town along State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 353, a slight increase over the 1990 figure of 327.



Bicknell was originally called Thurber, or "Thurber Town", for A.K. Thurber, who in 1879 built the first house in the area. In 1897 the town moved to a new location due to sandy soil and poor water conditions.

In 1914 Thomas W. Bicknell, a wealthy eastern author, historian, and Education Commissioner for Rhode Island, offered a thousand-volume library to any Utah town that would rename itself after him. The town of Grayson also wanted the library prize, so in a compromise in 1916, Grayson took the name of Blanding, Mr. Bicknell's wife's maiden name, as a tribute to her parents. The two towns split the library, each receiving 500 books.[3]

According to Via magazine, Bicknell claims to be the smallest U.S. town having a year-round movie theater. This theater also hosts the annual Bicknell International Film Festival.[4]


Bicknell is located at 38°20′29″N 111°32′44″W / 38.34139°N 111.54556°W / 38.34139; -111.54556 (38.341383, -111.545463).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

Altitude: 7,125' (2,172m)
ZIP code: 84715

Bicknell is located between the Dixie National Forest and the Fishlake National Forest in Rabbit Valley, south central Utah. It is 17 miles (27 km) west of the Capitol Reef National Park Visitors Center.


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