Garfield County was named after the assassinated U.S. President James A. Garfield in 1882, but the history of this county goes back much further. Evidence of the prehistoric Anasazi Indian culture can be found in the Anasazi State Museum near the city of Boulder. The area has many natural resources (such vast rangelands and forests) that have provided a major industry since the time of the pioneers.
Now one of the county’s dominant industries is tourism, with Ruby’s Inn, Inc. as one of the county’s largest employers. Although there is an oilfield currently producing, most of the county’s energy making resources--including coal, tar sands, and uranium—have not been developed. There are many things to see in this county with two National Parks including Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and much more. Be sure to see the Hoodoos before leaving this area.
More information for Garfield County can be found at the following sites:
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Garfield County Tourism Office
- Ghost Towns of Utah - Garfield County
- Go-Utah.com - Bryce Canyon National Park
- Go-Utah.com - Panguitch
- Utah Counties Profile - Garfield County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Bryce Canyon National Park
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Garfield County
- Utah History Encyclopedia - Panguitch
- Utah History For Kids - Garfield County
- U.S. Census QuickFacts - Garfield County
- Visit Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park
- Visit Utah - Boulder