One of the best movies of all time – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – was filmed in Utah. Yes, remember the bicycle scene as well as the knife fight? Well those were filmed in Grafton. Download the movie and have the family watch it on your way to Southern Utah, then take the detour to Grafton on your way to Zions National Park. Established in 1859 and abandoned by 1921 when the LDS Church discontinued its branch there. Grafton started as a cotton growing project ordered by Brigham Young but was mostly orchards which had plenty of water because of its location next to the Virgin River. Today you can still see some of the orchards, the school house along with several other buildings and old farm equipment but make sure you visit the old cemetery with graves dating back to the 1860’s. Some of these graves detail the harsh life lived by these folks who were sometimes killed by Indians.
Grafton is just south of Zions National Park and is reached by Hwy 9. In Rockville, Utah turn South on Bridge Road and then take a right at the intersection and there will be signs to Grafton.
It is about 3 miles down a dirt road. The cemetery will come first so look around there and then head further up the road to the town.
All photos in this blog curtesy of Trisa Hobbs Hansen**** Thanks Trisa!!!
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