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Settling Roosevelt

The town of Roosevelt was founded in early 1906 when Ed Harmston turned his homestead claim into a town site and laid out plots. His wife named the prospective town in honor of the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Within a short time a store, a post office, and the Dry Gulch Irrigation Company were in business in the new town. In 1907, the Harmstons donated two acres of ground for the town’s citizens to build a school. The first class had about fifteen pupils, who had to provide books from their homes. Roosevelt soon became the economic center for the area, eclipsing Myton and Duchesne.

Roosevelt Today

Roosevelt is situated on U.S. Highway 40 in the northeast corner of the state, south of the Uintah Mountains, at an elevation of 5,250 feet. The town was incorporated at a mass meeting of forty-four citizens on 21 February 1913. Roosevelt is today home to approximately 6,000 people but serves as the business center for several times that number from the many small towns and farming areas that surround the town throughout Duchesne County. The population for Duchesne County is well over 18,000. The economy of Roosevelt is based on agriculture and the oil industry. Roosevelt also offers educational opportunities from Uintah Basin Applied Technology College and Utah State University Uintah Basin Branch Campus.

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