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Kanosh dates back to 28 April 1867 when Brigham Young, with the approval of Chief Kanosh, advised the pioneers to move from Petersburg (Hatton), Utah to the area then known as the campground of the Pahvant Tribe of Indians. When this move took place (1867-1868) there were approximately 100 pioneers and 500 Native Americans living here.

At that time the Chief and many of his tribe were baptized members of the Mormon church. Mortimer Wilson Warner, a local pioneer, is credited with having suggested that the town be named in honor of the wise tribal chief.

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