History of Montezuma, Utah
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Montezuma Creek (San Juan) is a small pioneer settlement located at the mouth of a creek by the same name. Blanding is 37.5 miles to the north, Aneth is 7.6 miles southeast and Bluff lies 14.7 miles to the west. The San Juan River flows south of town watermelons were once grown by the river. About a mile east of town is a big sand dune and about 10 miles west of town one can enjoy some slickrock activities. The unique Four Corners area is a short 30 minutes away.

Peter Shirts initially established the community. With the arrival of the Hole-in-the-Rock expedition, other settlers joined Shirts. One of the early settlers had an abundance of cats and the town picked up the nickname "Mussi" which means cat.

Today, the town remains small with only one cafe open at different times of the day. There is at this time no police service, however, there is a volunteer fire department. Ambulance service is also provided by volunteer paramedics. Two schools serve the area: Montezuma Creek Elementary and and White Horse High. The College of Eastern Utah (CEU) provides adult education through their extention service. A Bookmobile provides library services. The only organized recreation is the Aquatic Center. From time to time bulletin boards advertize other activities such as dances. Montezuma Creek also has a post office.

The town has several Christian Denominations. Health services are provided at Montezuma Creek Clinic through the Utah Navajo Health System Inc., Community Health Center Program (CHC).

Local employment providers include the following: Montezuma Well Service, Navasew, JR Construction, Exxon Mobil, Red Mesa Express gas station with adjoining laundromat and food store, the U.S. Post Office, and the Montezuma Creek Yard.

See: Utah Place Names; John W. Van Cott, Local information; Jana Dunford.

G. William Wiersdorf

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