Elsinore, Utah

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Elsinore is a town in Sevier County, Utah, United States. The population was 733 at the 2000 census.



The community was first settled in the spring of 1874 by James C. Jensen, Jens Iver Jensen, and others. The area was settled by Danish converts to Mormonism, and named after Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore in Hamlet.[4] It was home to a Utah-Idaho Sugar Company factory for processing sugar beets into sugar from 1911 to 1929, but was closed due to a sugar beet blight.[4] The town was given its official name at the suggestion of Mormon Stake President Joseph A. Young.[citation needed] Previously, the town was named Little Denmark because many of the early settlers were immigrants of that country.

One of the town's leading citizens, George Staples (1834–1890) was gored to death by a Jersey bull on his farm outside town on October 30, 1890. Staples was the English immigrant and adopted Sioux who widely credited with opening the way for peaceful settlement of southern Utah by negotiation with Native American tribes in the area such as the Pahvant Ute band led by Chief Kanosh (1821–1884).[citation needed]

On September 29, 1921, the town was rocked by an earthquake which damaged several building, including the school, which would later house the library.[citation needed]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 733 people, 261 households, and 196 families residing in the town. The population density was 581.8 people per square mile (224.6/km²). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 227.8/sq mi (87.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.50% White, 0.14% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

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