"Roosevelt is a very young town; one of the newest in the state. We are now a thriving, modern community. We have one of the best medical facilities in rural Utah, Utah State University has a branch campus here.

We have a Technology Center with one of the finest nursing programs in the Utah.. Roosevelt is host to one of the finest 18 hole golf courses...Roosevelt's tomorrow looks as bright as our stars of night."

-George E. Stewart

Duchesne CountyIn most places, you can only think about yesterday's colorful scenic views.  In Roosevelt, Utah they come to life, energized by the vitality of one of today's most active small cities.  Carved by pioneers and molded by the people, Roosevelt's rich and colorful lifestyle offers something for everyone.  Within a one hour drive there is camping, hunting, fishing, and 4x4 wheeling with recreational vehicles in the mountains. The population of Roosevelt is over 6,000. 

In 1905, by an act of Congress, the unallotted land of the Ute Indian reservation was opened to homesteading. Several thousand hopeful twentieth-century pioneers congregated in Provo and Grand Junction with the hope of successfully drawing lots for a homestead in a fertile region of the soon-to-be-opened lands. Throughout the fall and winter of 1905-06 the settlers came to the Uinta Basin.

The town of Roosevelt was founded in early 1906 when Ed Harmston turned his homestead claim into a townsite and laid out plots. His wife named the prospective town in honor of the president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt was originally called "Dry Gulch City" taking its name from a nearby gulch which only carries water during the early spring runoff season. Within a short time a store, a post office, and the Dry Gulch Irrigation Company were in business in the new town. In 1907, the Harmstons donated 2 acres (8,100 m2) of ground for the town's citizens to build a school. The first class had about fifteen pupils, who had to provide books from their homes. Roosevelt soon became the economic center for the area, eclipsing Myton and Duchesne.

Roosevelt is situated on U.S. Route 40 in the northeast corner of the state, south of the Uinta Mountains, at an elevation of 5,250 feet (1,600 m). The town was incorporated at a mass meeting of forty-four citizens on 21 February 1913. From 1906 to 1914 Roosevelt was in Wasatch County, but in 1914 Duchesne County was formed from part of Wasatch County, and, as the largest town in the county, Roosevelt anticipated becoming the county seat. However, when the total county-wide vote came in, the seat went to Duchesne. Roosevelt is today home to approximately 6,500 people but serves as the business center for several times that number from the many small towns and farming areas that surround the town. Roosevelt has become the region's educational center with Union High School, Uintah Basin Applied Technology College, and Utah State University's Uintah Basin Regional Campus all located there. Roosevelt is also home of the only hospital in the county, Uintah Basin Medical Center. The economy of Roosevelt is based on agriculture and the oil industry.

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