Utah, is a city celebrated for its breathtaking scenery, temperate climate,
and sturdy settlers. A sort of oasis in the surrounding desert environment,
Kanab's wide, tree-lined streets and substantial architecture create a
favorable atmosphere. The word "Kanab" comes from a Native American
word for a willow basket used to carry an infant on its mother's back.
The first attempt by Anglo-Americans to establish a permanent settlement
was made on 7 June 1858. The story of Kanab's first two decades is one
of a series of unsuccessful efforts at colonization, each discouraged
by attacks from hostile Native American tribes who were clearly opposed
to white settlement of the area.
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the area was considered suitable for cattle raising. But equally important
was the extension of Mormon dominion into northern Arizona. Jacob Hamblin
played a key role in negotiations with the Native Americans that eventually
opened up the area to white occupation. LDS Church President Brigham Young
appointed Hamblin president of the Santa Clara Indian Mission on 4 August
Hamblin organized a series of expeditions to the Paiute, the Moquis, and
the Navajo to negotiate terms of peacefully sharing the land. Nevertheless,
through the 1860s raids and confrontations occurred regularly between
the two groups. Initial attempts at settlement of Kanab included a fort
built in 1864-65 (soon vacated), another in 1868, and a third attempt
in 1870 by a colony of seventeen settlers who came to the area from Cottonwood,
south of Salt Lake City.