Grafton Utah was first settled in 1861. Grafton, Utah is two miles West of Rockville, Utah and 1/4 mile south of the Virgin River.
Grafton had problems with recurring serious flooding. The Great Flood of 1862 washed the town site away. The town was then resettled on higher ground in1862.Grafton became a ghost town in 1921.
There is a cemetery on the outskirts of the old town where you can read a little history and view the names of the people who tried to make a new home in the path of the virgin river.
Vandalism had destroyed most of the abandoned structures. Preservation of the old buildings is now under way.
On your way to Zion National Park it is fun to stop and visit this quaint little ghost town.
Here is a link to the PDF copy of the Historic Grafton Pamphlet from the Utah Division of State History and the National Parks Association.
Motion Picture Films Shot in Grafton, Utah
In Old Arizona, 1929 (First talkie filmed outdoors). Starring Warner Baxter (who won the Academy Award for this role as The Cisco Kid), Raoul Walsh, Edmund Lowe, and Dorothy Burgess.
Ramrod, 1947. Starring Joel McCrea, Veronica Lake, Preston Foster, Charles Ruggles, Donald Crisp and Lloyd Bridges.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 1969. Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katherine Ross(won four Academy Awards)
Child Bride of Short Creek, 1981. Diane Lane, Helen Hunt, Christopher Atkins, Conrad Bain
The Red Fury, 1984. Wendy Lynne, Calvin Bartlett, Katherine Cannon, Juan Gonzales.