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Castle Valley, Utah

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Our Genealogy Helper for Castle Valley ...

We have a couple of goals for our Gazetteer:

  • That it be a tool that can help us with planning our trips.
  • That it also helps us to understand the community in which our ancestors lived, the community that was part of their daily lives.

By learning about Castle Valley (and the surrounding area) during the time that our ancestors lived, we hope to have a better understanding of both their community and its relationship to their lifes. We hope that this tool helps to give us an insight into their world.

As we add data and organize our Gazetteer to help with our family research, we will be adding to this, our Genealogical Helper for Castle Valley. While we don't have information that is specific to any given person or family, we intend to expand our understanding about where and how people lived.

It's still very early in our research, but as we gather more information it will be added to this page.

Name Variations for Castle Valley ...

When searching records, keep in mind that names and their spelling can change over time. Various errors happen - anything from simple spelling to bad translations or people who just guessed at the name. Sometimes the post office had a slightly different name than the community and while one document might refer to the community name, the next might use the post office name.

Although we can't give a definitive list, hopefully the following will give a you a feel for the variations that might have occurred with Castle Valley.

  • Typical abbreviation for Castle Valley: Castle Vly. (or less commonly used: Castle Vally. or Castle Vlly.)

Neighboring Counties ...

When searching for family records, we have frequently made the mistake of not checking the neighboring counties.

For example, we have great-grandparents who lived in the northeast corner of their home county. During their lives, most doctors and hospitals were in the next county to the east. Almost all of the nearby churches and cemeteries were in the county to the north.

So when searching for records, we had our best success by looking in neighboring counties instead of the county in which they lived:  their home county contained property and probate records; the county to the east contained birth and death records; the county to the north contained their burial records. If we hadn't included the neighboring counties, we would have missed many valuable sources of information.

If you're in a similar situation, we hope that the following information helps.

Castle Valley is located in Grand County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Grand County: Garfield (CO), Mesa (CO), Carbon, Emery, San Juan & Uintah.

Below are the counties that are near Castle Valley. For each of these counties, we show a sample of those communities that are closest to Castle Valley:

Grand     (The home county for Castle Valley)
  Castleton - Historic   [Map]     SE   4 miles [6.4 km]<1>
  Moab   [Map]     SW   9 miles [14.5 km]
  Basin - Historic   [Map]     SE   10 miles [16.1 km]
  Dewey   [Map]     N   13 miles [20.9 km]
  Cisco - Historic   [Map]     N   23 miles [37 km]
  Agate - Historic   [Map]     N   27 miles [43.5 km]
  Thompson Springs   [Map]     NW   28 miles [45.1 km]
  Brendel   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Crescent Junction   [Map]     NW   31 miles [49.9 km]
  Sego - Historic   [Map]     NW   32 miles [51.5 km]
  Westwater - Historic   [Map]     NE   34 miles [54.7 km]
San Juan
  Spanish Valley   [Map]     S   10 miles [16.1 km]
  La Sal   [Map]     S   23 miles [37 km]
  Home of Truth - Historic   [Map]     S   39 miles [62.8 km]
Mesa (CO)
  Gateway (CO)   [Map]     E   23 miles [37 km]
Montrose (CO)
  Paradox (CO)   [Map]     SE   29 miles [46.7 km]
  Bedrock (CO)   [Map]     SE   35 miles [56.3 km]
  Uravan (CO) - Historic   [Map]     SE   40 miles [64.4 km]

For an expanded list of the communities that are closest to Castle Valley, see our County-by-County Page for Castle Valley.

Newspapers Published in Castle Valley ...

An ongoing effort between the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has resulted in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).

To share their results, the partnership has created the Chronicling America website. The goal of this partnership is to assemble a database about the current and historic newspapers of the United States. This includes a growing collection of scanned images from selected papers. All of it available to the public on their website.

Using information that we've taken from the Chronicling America website, we've identified 6 newspapers that have been published in the area around Castle Valley.

Although we're unaware of any newspapers that were published in the immediate area of Castle Valley, there are papers which were published within 50 miles [80.5 km]. A list of those papers, sorted by paper name, can be found on the Extended Newspaper List for Castle Valley.

Websites to Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

When we do our genealogical research, we first visit the websites from Cyndi's List, FamilySearch and Genealogy Trails. These professional and volunteer websites offer the information directly or else point to where you can find it. Their information is open to all and free to view - you should note that they might link to other websites which do charge.

To help you get started, the following links will take you to the pages that are relevant to Castle Valley:

These websites are specific to Utah:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Website for the //

Not to be confused with the official state website, we've found the Digital State Archives website for the State of Utah to be a good source for additional links.

These pages are specific to Grand County:

Cyndi's List     Family Search     Genealogy Trails    

Genealogy information for nearby counties:

San Juan County:     Cyndi's



Mesa County (CO):     Cyndi's



Montrose County (CO):     Cyndi's




Cemetery Information and Directories for Utah:

Cyndi's List:   Cemeteries of Utah,
Cemeteries of Grand County
Cemetery Junction:   Directory for Utah   Cemetery Wiki for Utah
Find-A-Grave:   Home Page   Cemeteries for Utah, for Grand County

Of Special Interest ...

The GenDisasters website specializes in newspaper articles about tragedies and disasters. While it makes interesting reading all by itself, it should be of special interest to genealogists and family historians looking for people who were either affected by or directly involved in such tragedies.

Disaster Stories from Utah
Also see Disaster Stories for ...

Cemeteries Near Castle Valley ...

Below are cemeteries that are in the vicinity of Castle Valley.

This is a new section and is likely to have errors. If you find an error, such as a missing cemetery or we have the wrong name, please let us know. If you know of them, we would also appreciate learning about previous or alternate names.

If you click on the [Map] that follows each cemetery's name, a Google map will open showing a satellite view of the area where the cemetery is located. We have tried to place the cemetery in the center of the map, but we're still working on our data and the map might not not be centered properly. If you don't see the cemetery right away, try zooming-in. Usually, but not always, you can see the outline of the cemetery or some of the headstones.

If you need information about a burial or interment, photos, transcripts, how to contact the cemetery or local authorities, please visit our selection of Genealogy Websites (see below).

If not found below, our Cemetery List for Castle Valley covers a larger area, with the cemeteries listed in alphabetical order.

Distance &

      Name of Cemetery  
      Less than 2 miles  
  W Castle Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave<2>]  
      About 4 miles [6.4 km]  
  ESE Castleton Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  NW Red Cliffs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 6 miles [9.7 km]  
  SE Pinhook Battle Site Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 8 miles [12.9 km]  
  WSW Grand Valley Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
  SW Sunset Memorial Gardens   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 9 miles [14.5 km]  
  ESE Andy Swenson Gravesite   [Map]     
      Within 17 miles [27.4 km]  
  S Hole 'n the Rock Cemetery   [Map]     
      Within 23 miles [37 km]  
  SSE La Sal Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 29 miles [46.7 km]  
  NW Thompson Springs Cemetery   [Map]   [FindAGrave]  
      Within 30 miles [48.3 km]  
  SE Paradox Cemetery   [Map]     

Nearby Communities in 1895 ...

We've built the following list with information that came from an Atlas published by Rand McNally in 1895. The Atlas had details such as the population of the community (which appears to have come from the 1890 Census) and whether there was a post office and/or railroad service available. We also indicate if the community no longer exists and is now historic.<3>

While we didn't find Castle Valley in the Atlas, the following 1895 communities would have been found near the current location of Castle Valley.

These communities are listed based on their distance from Castle Valley, with the one closest to Castle Valley listed first.

Moab   [Map]
 - Located 9 miles [14.5 km] to the West Southwest (WSW) from Castle Valley
 - 1895 population of 333 people (with 5,322 people in 2018)
 - Moab had a post office and no railroad service
La Sal   [Map]
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the South Southeast (SSE) from Castle Valley
 - La Sal had a post office and no railroad service
Cisco - Historic   [Map]
 - While Cisco was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 23 miles [37 km] to the North (N) from Castle Valley
 - Cisco had a post office and railroad service
Sagers   [Map]
 - Located 25 miles [40.2 km] to the North Northwest (NNW) from Castle Valley
 - Sagers had railroad service and no post office
Agate - Historic   [Map]
 - While Agate was mentioned in the 1895 Atlas, it no longer exists
 - Located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the North Northeast (NNE) from Castle Valley
 - Agate had railroad service and no post office
Thompson Springs   [Map]
 - Located 28 miles [45.1 km] to the Northwest (NW) from Castle Valley
 - Thompson Springs had a post office and railroad service
Paradox (CO)   [Map]
 - Located 29 miles [46.7 km] to the Southeast (SE) from Castle Valley
 - Paradox had a post office and no railroad service

We've also created an expanded list of communities that existed in the 1890's and were located in the area around Castle Valley. The list can be found on our page for Communities Neighboring Castle Valley in the 1890's.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Grand County

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Castle Valley. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Grand County:

The official website for State of Utah:

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Castle Valley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Castle Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Castle Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Castle Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 38.6338, Longitude: -109.3975     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Castle Valley have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<2>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website:

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<3>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Castle Valley, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.

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