Origin of county
name: after Ellsworth Daggett who helped develop irrigation for
Principal cities/towns: Dutch John (285), Manila (272); Economy: electric
power generating, lumbering, livestock; Points of interest: Flaming
Gorge Recreational Area, Ashley National Forest.
on the north slope of the Uinta Mountains which
are unique in that they comprise the only major mountain range in
North America that
east and west.
also contain the highest peaks in the state. Leidy Peak at 12,028
feet is the highest peak in the county.
are the source of much of the water for the Green River which cuts
through the Uintas at the east end of the range The county
is bordered on the
north by Wyoming, on the east by Colorado, on the south by Uintah and Duchesne counties
and on the west by Summit County.
Rich with trees,
water, and wildlife, Daggett County was the summer hunting grounds
for Indians of Wyoming and Utah. The first known white men to visit
the county were fur trappers who came to the mountains in the
for beaver. Perhaps the most famous of these was General William
Henry Ashley. In 1825, after organizing a fur company in
St. Louis, Ashley traveled to the Green River country to see
beaver and other wildlife. That same year he floated down the
Green into the Uinta Basin and then traveled by horse and foot
County back to southern Wyoming where the first rendezvous was
held. Other trappers and traders soon followed in the footsteps
Ashley. In 1837 Fort Davey Crockett was built at Brown's Hole
and William Craig. The fort supplied goods to the trappers of the area.
Wislezenus, a German traveler, described Fort Crockett as being "somewhat
poverty stricken, for which reason it is also known to the trappers
by the name of Fort Misery."