Circleville, Utah

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Circleville, Utah
Circleville fire station
Circleville fire station
Location in Piute County and the state of Utah.
Location in Piute County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 38°10′13″N 112°16′18″W / 38.17028°N 112.27167°W / 38.17028; -112.27167Coordinates: 38°10′13″N 112°16′18″W / 38.17028°N 112.27167°W / 38.17028; -112.27167
CountryUnited States
IncorporatedAugust 24, 1921
Founded byWilliam Allred
 • Total9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 • Land9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
6,066 ft (1,849 m)
 • Total538
 • Density55.7/sq mi (21.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)435
FIPS code49-12970[1]
GNIS feature ID1439749[2]

Circleville is a town in Piute County, Utah, United States. The population was 505 at the 2000 census.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.5 km²), all of it land.


The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfb" (Warm Summer Continental Climate).[3]


Circleville was originally settled in 1864.[4] The town was named for the shape of the valley in which it is located, Circle Valley.[5] The valley is completely circled by mountains except where the Sevier River goes in and out of the valley on the north and south.

On Jun 28th, 1866, the town was abandoned by the original settlers.[6] A few settlers began to trickle back into the area in 1873 [7] and the town was re-established in 1874 when Charles Wakeman Dalton crossed the mountain from Beaver with two of his wives and family.

Circleville became an incorporated community on 24 August 1921. Local residents were interested in facilitating the public services which municipal government provides, and they were particularly interested in building a culinary water system.[7]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016501[8]−8.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 505 people, 172 households, and 132 families residing in the town. The population density was 55.7 people per square mile (21.5/km²). There were 222 housing units at an average density of 24.5 per square mile (9.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.23% White, 0.20% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.20% Pacific Islander, 0.99% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.36% of the population.

There were 172 households out of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.0% were married couples living together, 5.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 22.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.45.

In the town, the population was spread out with 34.7% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 18.4% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,083, and the median income for a family was $36,875. Males had a median income of $25,536 versus $19,063 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,919. About 8.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.2% of those under age 18 and 12.5% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

Utah's most notorious native son, the elusive international cowboy outlaw, Robert Leroy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, grew up in Circle Valley just a mile from Circleville (but he was born considerably further to the west, across the Tushar Mountains, in the town of Beaver, Utah). His family's small cabin, on the outskirts of town, is still standing on the land they homesteaded. It can be seen on the west side of the road almost exactly one mile to the south of Circleville on what is now US Highway 89. The cabin's location is also just 6 miles (9.7 km) south of the smaller town of Junction, the county seat, and about 26 miles (42 km) north of Panguitch.

Lula Parker Betenson (b. 1884), sister of "Butch" Cassidy, lived in Circleville, dying aged 96 in 1980.[10] Betenson's 1975 book Butch Cassidy, My Brother,[11] co-authored with Dora Flack, recounts her memory that Cassidy visited Circleville in 1924, adding to the controversy over whether he had died previously in South America. This visit by Cassidy to Circleville is also reported by author W.C. Jameson in Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave.[12]

Carrie Allen, born in Circleville in 1889, was a spinster and a school teacher. She wrote a history of Circleville. She died in 1983 in Circleville.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ Climate Summary for Circlevile, Utah
  4. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 141
  5. ^ Van Atta, Dale (Jan 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. p. 15. Retrieved 18 October 2015.
  6. ^ Indian depredations in Utah p. 220
  7. ^ a b Utah State Archives"
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^
  11. ^ Betenson, Lula Parker; Flack, Dora. Butch Cassidy, My Brother. 1975. ISBN 978-0-84251-222-0
  12. ^ Jameson, W.C. Butch Cassidy: Beyond the Grave. 2012. ISBN 978-1-58979-739-0

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