Panguitch, Utah

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Panguitch (pronounced /ˈpeɪŋɡwɪtʃ/) is a city in and the county seat of Garfield County, Utah, United States.[3] The population was 1,623 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Panguitch is located at 37°49′20″N 112°26′5″W / 37.82222°N 112.43472°W / 37.82222; -112.43472 (37.822234, -112.434650).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km²), all of it land.

History

Panguitch was first settled in March 1864, when Jens Nielsen, a Danish convert to Mormonism, led a group of pioneers eastward from Parowan and Beaver to the Sevier River. Due to the area's high elevation, 6,600 feet above sea level, the settlers' initial crops did not mature and the community suffered severely during the first harsh winter. At a crisis point, seven men left the community to seek flour and foodstuffs from surrounding communities. Heavy snow forced the abandonment of wagons and teams, and the men finished their rescue mission on foot, reportedly by laying one quilt after another upon the snow to maintain their footing. [1]

Due to a conflict with native tribes, the Black Hawk War, the community was temporarily abandoned in 1867 but was resettled in 1871. Some residents specializing in timber and livestock production were quite successful until economic shifts following World War I. Due to the establishment of Bryce Canyon National Park and the designation of nearby areas as national forests, tourism has since played a major role in the local economy.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,623 people, 502 households, and 392 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,194.0 people per square mile (460.8/km²). There were 620 housing units at an average density of 456.1/sq mi (176.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.02% White, 0.49% African American, 2.46% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.16% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.90% of the population.

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