In 1914 the legislature created Duchesne County from part of Wasatch County. The county became official with the coming of the new year-1915. The state's highest mountain, Kings Peak (13,528 feet), is located in the county's Uinta Mountains. Major streams running through the county include the Strawberry, Duchesne, Lake Fork, and Yellowstone rivers.
The settlement of Duchesne County is unique in Utah history, for unlike much of the state, it did not occur under the direction of Brigham Young. Rather, it was settled by individuals who obtained 160 acres under the federal Homestead Act. Homesteaders were required to prove that they intended to farm the land. After five years of living on the land, making improvements, and paying $1.25 per acre homesteaders were given title to their homesteads.
More information for Duchesne County can be found at the following sites:
- Duchesne County Chamber of Commerce
- Ghost Towns - Duchesne County
- Uintah Basin Teaching American History Project
- Utah.com - Uinta Mountains
- Utah Counties Profile - Duchesne County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Duchesne County
- Utah History for Kids - Duchesne County
- U.S. Census Quickfacts - Duchesne County