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Duncan's Retreat

Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 2 Feb 2009 5:41PM GMT
Classification: Query
Was Duncan's Retreat in Washington or Kane County? Was it abandon before the county lines changed? Have a grandmother born there in 1887 and wasn't sure which county it was part of.

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 4 Feb 2009 6:59AM GMT
Classification: Query
always in Washington County.

Boundary didn't change.

Duncan's Retreat was abandoned in 1866 after 2nd Virgin River flood. Eventually by 1891 due to constant high water flood from Virgin River, the town was finally completely deserted.

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 4 Feb 2009 7:03PM GMT
Classification: Query
I'm still confused. The 1870 and 1880 Censuses lists Duncan's Retreat as being in Kane County. Also Toquerville in 1870 and 1880 was in Kane County - they should have both been in the same county until that county line changed, sometime around 1882, wondered if anyone had the date of that change.

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 4 Feb 2009 8:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
You have a good question and I believe the census taker goofed on Toquerville because it is too far west and north of Hurricane.

I called Utah State History office (Dept of Archives and History) and posed 2 questions.
1. Was there ever any change in boundary between Washington and Kane counties?
2. If there were changes, what towns were involved?

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 5 Feb 2009 3:02PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thanks, I'm curious to get this one settled.

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 1:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Found the answer to my question. When Kane County was created in 1864 Toquerville was the County Seat. The change lasted until 1883 when Toquerville was moved back into Washington County. Still the date of the change back.

Re: Duncan's Retreat

Posted: 26 Feb 2009 5:56PM GMT
Classification: Query
It is 1882, not 1883.

I got reply from Utah State History department. They said the border kept changing from 1864 to 1882 when the legislative set the fixed border.

They said for all practicial puprose, list the area as in Washington County because the record keeping was in St. George rather than Toquerville during that time period.
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