The Grafton ghost town, located west of Rockville, Utah, is like a still life scene from an old western movie.
In fact, it has seen previous life as just that, having been utilized as a film set for movies such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Red Fury, and more.
Prior to earning its film credentials, Grafton was an inhabited community of families who moved there from Virgin to begin a simple life of service and faith.
It wasn’t long after Grafton was initially settled that the old muddy Virgin River raged and flooded the town. Settlers in Virgin wrote of homes floating down from Grafton in the floodwaters.
The residents of Grafton also had a fair amount of ‘Indian troubles’, so they packed up and abandoned the town for a few years. In 1945 the town was abandoned for good after experiencing more flooding than was bearable.
Fast-forward to today and the buildings of Grafton still stand. They are hauntingly beautiful with the backdrop of Mount Kinesava and the cliffs of Zion National Park.
Many believe that the spirits of the former residents still reside in the homes that remain.
Now, if you do decide to take a drive to the Grafton ghost town for whatever purpose, please remember that it is on private property. Be respectful of the buildings, of the landowners, of the road, and of any spirits that may remain.
*Information source: http://graftonheritage.org/history-settlement/