Caineville was on the left bank of the Fremont River, sixty-five miles southeast of Loa. In 1882, the Mormon Church sent Elijah Cutler Behunin to open this area for settlement. He was the first man to take a wagon through Capitol Wash (now known as Capitol Reef Gorge) in the Capitol Reef National park. The town he established was named to honor Iohn T. Caine, Utah territory’s representative to Congress. Periodic flooding caused the people to abandon their homes in Caineville and much arable land was lost. Erosion and abandonment eventually reverted this area to open range and ranch land. Today, much of this area is again under cultivation because of improved irrigation techniques. Presently there are no substantial settlements along this stretch of the river, and Caineville could best be called a ghost town.
See my post for the DUP Historic Marker in Cainville here.
This is a photo taken in 1922 in front of that original church that burned in 1937 and was replaced by the cool one you pass in Caineville. This town was once a thriving community and the county seat before the floods drove the pioneers out.
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