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🠈  Castle Dale  🠊

Castle Dale

Castle Dale is the county seat of Emery County in central Utah. This rural community sits on Cottonwood Creek, which drains the East slopes of the Wasatch Plateau and flows into the deep gorges of the San Rafael Swell.

The primary access route is State Route 10 which runs along the Eastern flank of the plateau and connects with Price to the North and Interstate 70 to the South.

State Route 29 follows Cottonwood Creek past Castle Dale's sister town Orangeville (2010 population 1,470). The route then climbs over the Plateau and accesses Ephraim, Utah.

History

Castle Dale was one of the last areas in Utah colonized as a directive from Brigham Young. The first settlers in the area included Orange Seely and Justus Wellington Seely, Jr.

Dependent on agriculture and coal extraction, the town's population waxes and wanes with economic growth in these sectors. The largest jump in population came with the construction of power plants by Utah Power and Light in the 1970s.

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