Kamas, Utah

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Kamas (pronounced /ˈkæməs/) is a city in Summit County, Utah, United States. It is part of the Salt Lake City, Utah Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 1,274 at the 2000 census.

The main industry is cattle ranching. The town is known to outsiders as "The Gateway to the Uintas" and is located 42 miles East of downtown Salt Lake City.[3] Fishing, camping, hiking, mountain climbing and other outdoor recreational activities are popular among locals. Kamas is the closest city to the Camp Steiner Boy Scout camp



Kamas was inhabited intermittently by several tribes of Indians, including members of the Ute, Shoshone, and Snake tribes. The first permanent settlements in the valley are believed to have been built by Mormon pioneers including Abraham Marchant, John Lambert, and John Pack who settled under the direction of Brigham Young.

One prominent figure in Kamas folklore history is Thomas Rhodes. According to legend, Indian guides from an area Ute Tribe revealed to Rhodes the location of a gold mine from which he was allowed to take gold to assist in the construction of the Salt Lake Temple. The only condition the Indian guides gave for revealing the location of this mine was that Rhodes agreed not to reveal the location of the mine to any other person. Rhodes adhered to the terms of this agreement until his eventual death from an illness.

The "Rhodes Mine" is now considered lost, but its legend survives in several books which have been published on the topic.[4]


Kamas is located at 40°38′32″N 111°16′39″W / 40.64222°N 111.2775°W / 40.64222; -111.2775 (40.642338, -111.277536).[5]

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