A history page for Gunnison A history page for Gunnison.
Gunnison was known as Hogs Wallow back in 1860 when it was settled. It was later that it was named for Captain John W. Gunnison. He was killed by Indians in 1853 near Sevier Lake. Two earlier communities were merged to make up Gunnison in 1862. Each one was built in 1859 along the Sanpitch River. One was at Chalk Hill Point, the other, colonists from Springville three miles west was named Kearns after their leader, Bishop H.H. Kearns. Each town built up and grew hoping to create stable and long-lived towns. When Brigham Young came to visit in 1862, he felt the swampy area would never be successful and advised the settlers to move up to the bench where the land was drier. This is where the new town of Gunnison was built. Many of the pioneers dismantled their homes and buildings and moved them to the new site. New provision had to be made for water and problems with the Indians were being experienced. But the area took hold and grew. IN April 1867, a group of people from Sevier County re-located to Gunnison due to their own troubles with the local Indians.
The Sanpitch Dragon - a beautiful mosaic along the RiverWalk.
The Gunnison Spring Runoff held in April each year includes a full marathon, 1/2 marathon, 10K, 5K and 1 mile run.
38 West Center
P.O. Box 790
Gunnison, UT 84634
Gunnison Historical Events 2007 Summer
A huge gasoline leak in Gunnison of over 24,000 gallons forced large numbers of people and businesses to evacuate their homes and businesses. The gasoline leaked from a storage tank under the Top Stop gas station at the corner of South Main and East Center. Without anyone knowing, the gas leaked underground beneath South Main and through most of the southwest side of town. On 10 August, the evacuation was ordered for the whole Main Street block due to gasoline fumes. Soil ventilation systems had to be installed and some businesses were permanently closed. A large number of lawsuits were filed again WindRiver Petroleum because of the gas leak. The clean-up is expected to take over a decade to complete.
Gunnison Libraries Gunnison Civic Library
Gunnison Schools South Sanpete School District
Miscellany The population of Gunnison was:
1990 - 1,298
2000 - 2,394
2009 - 3,036
2000 - 32.1 years Number of Housing Units:
1990 - 481
2000 - 549
Per capita income:
2000 - $ 14,537
2009 - $ 10,925
Median House Value:
2000 - $ 96,800
2009 -$ 135,187
Gunnison is located in the Mountain Time Zone and does participate in daylight savings time during a portion of the year.