When visiting Beaver County you will find another example of typical
basin and range territory. Early Archaic Indians as well as the Dominguez
– Escalante expedition (1776) and even early trappers Jedediah S.
Smith (1826) and John C. Fremont (1844) all came through this area before
the county was created in 1856. Though a mining boom in the 1870’s
put Beaver on the map, farming has sustained the area and is still the
area’s major resource. People can still visit the old mining town
of Frisco, now a ghost town. One unique feature of the area is the county’s
geothermal power plant which uses natural steam from the ground and modern
equipment to produce power.
Beaver County is probably best known for two famous people who originated here. One person more infamous than famous would be Robert Leroy Parker (a.k.a. Butch Cassidy) born in 1866. He is credited as having the longest run of successful bank and train robberies in the history of the American West. Someone probably more known today would be Philo T. Farnsworth who was born in 1906 in this county. He contributed to the invention now known as television. After his death in 1971, he was honored in 1990 by placing Utah’s second statue in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall entitled "Father of Television."
Created: 1856 Area: 2,660 square mile County seat: Beaver Origin of name: so named because of the large colonies of beaver that formerly inhabited the stream of this vicinity.