Blanding, Utah

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Blanding, Utah

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Nice Hub For Exploring SE Utah Aug 15, 2017
Blanding is a nice little town of about 4100 (up 25% since 2000) located in a beautiful part of Utah in San Juan County in Southeastern Utah. Various Indian tribes lived in the area for thousands of years and a canal was constructed nearby at the end of the 1800s. The town was laid out in 1904 and was established in 1905 as “Grayson” after the maiden name of Nellie Grayson Lyman wife of founder Albert Lyman. The name was changed in 1915 when Thomas W. Bicknell, a wealthy easterner, offered a 1000 volume library to any Utah town changing its name to his. The town of Thurber, Utah beat them to the change so “Grayson” changed its name to “Blanding” the maiden name of Bicknell’s wife. Bicknell gave 500 volumes to each town. Many in Blanding regret the name change. The last Indian uprising of the frontier west occurred here in 1923. Today the town of Blanding is located close to both the Navajo and the Ute Indian Reservations and many in the town have familial or other close ties to the reservations. Blanding is near a huge number of outdoor attractions to include the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Natural Bridges National Monument, the Four Corners Area, Monument Valley, and much, much more. Pueblo Indian Ruins abound. There are about 12 locations in and around Blanding listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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pfsmalo says:
I stayed at the "Sunset Inn" in Blanding a good few years back and it was the only regretted stop on our 3 week trip (the motel not the town or area).
Posted on: Oct 14, 2017
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