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New Settlers Reviving Utah Town Named for GA

WIDTSOE, UTAH -- New settlers are buying land at the abandoned Utah town of Widtsoe and surrounding areas, reviving the town, named for former LDS General Authority John A. Widtsoe. But the new settlers are very different from the pioneers that originally struggled to eek out a hardscrabble life in the town. The new settlers move in with trailer homes or temporary quarters and only live in the town for the "nice" seasons, returning to their permanent homes when the weather turns nasty. Summering in Widtsoe is attractive because its location is near some of Utah's premier desert canyon scenery -- Bryce Canyon National Park is just south, with Capitol Reef to the east and Zion National Park an easy drive southwest.


Ghost town reawakening
Deseret News 26Jul01 US UT SLC D6
By Twila Van Leer: Deseret News staff writer
New Widtsoe 'settlers' just stay for nice seasons


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