Gunlock, Utah

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Unincorporated community
Gunlock is located in Utah
Location within the state of Utah
Coordinates: 37°17′10″N 113°45′48″W / 37.28611°N 113.76333°W / 37.28611; -113.76333Coordinates: 37°17′10″N 113°45′48″W / 37.28611°N 113.76333°W / 37.28611; -113.76333
Country United States
State Utah
County Washington
Settled 1857
Named for William "Gunlock" Hamblin
Elevation 3,658 ft (1,115 m)
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP codes 84733
GNIS feature ID 1437576[1]

Gunlock is an unincorporated community in western Washington County, Utah, United States, north of Gunlock State Park. It lies along local roads northwest of the city of St. George, the county seat of Washington County.[2] Its elevation is 3,658 feet (1,115 m).[1] Although Gunlock is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 84733.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 156
1890 92 −41.0%
1900 100 8.7%
1910 112 12.0%
1920 115 2.7%
1930 139 20.9%
1940 105 −24.5%
1950 89 −15.2%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[4]

A plaque posted in the town of Gunlock describes the origin of the name of the town.

William Haynes (Gunlock) Hamblin, Born Oct. 28, 1830 Salem Ohio. Married Mary A., and Betsy Leavitt. Died May 8, 1872 at Clover Valley, Nevada from efforts of poison given to him before he could testify concerning a Silver mine he had discovered and was selling.

But Truth crushed to Earth shall rise again, so we anxiously await for that day when men shall stand before the bar of justice and account for every word and deed.

He was the father of 17 children, and was given the nickname "Gunlock" by George A. Smith, Apostle for whom he drove wagon across the plains. He also worked for him as a gunsmith. Gunlock, Utah was named in his honor.

He got his fame for his great marksmanship. At 50 paces, he shot the bottom from a pipe bowl without touching the rim. He won a $50.00 bet.

Pipe Springs, Arizona is in honor of that feat. He was an Elder in the LDS Church and served a mission to the Hopi Indians in 1855. He was a great hunter and scout for the church.

Buried at Clover Valley, Nevada

William Hamblin was the brother of Jacob Hamblin. "Gunlock" Hamblin settled Gunlock in 1857.[5]


Gunlock, Utah is the site of the Annual Gunlock Rodeo. The Rodeo is held traditionally on or around the 4th of July. This event has been held in Gunlock annually since 1945.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Gunlock, Utah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-04-12. 
  2. ^ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 102.
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 307

External links[edit]

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