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Bicknell, Utah

Bicknell, Utah
Aerial photograph of Bicknell
Aerial photograph of Bicknell
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Location in Wayne County and the state of Utah.
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Country United States
State Utah
County Wayne
Settled 1879
Incorporated 1938
Founded by Albert King Thurber
Named for Thomas W. Bicknell
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Land 0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 7,123 ft (2,171 m)
Population (2012)
 • Total 325
 • Density 529/sq mi (204.4/km2)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
ZIP code 84715
Area code(s) 435
FIPS code 49-05490[1]
GNIS feature ID 1438623[2]

Bicknell is a town along State Route 24 in Wayne County, Utah, United States. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 327.[3]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Distances 2.1
    • Area sites 2.2
    • Climate 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Bicknell was originally called Thurber, or "Thurber Town", for A.K. Thurber, who in 1879 built the first house in the area. In 1897 the town moved to a new location due to sandy soil and poor water conditions.

In 1914 Thomas W. Bicknell, a wealthy eastern author, historian, and Education Commissioner for Rhode Island, offered a thousand-volume library to any Utah town that would rename itself after him. The town of Grayson also wanted the library prize, so in a compromise in 1916, Grayson took the name of Blanding, Mr. Bicknell's wife's maiden name, as a tribute to her parents. The two towns split the library, each receiving 500 books.[4]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.62 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land.[3] It is situated at an altitude of 7,125 feet (2,172 m) above sea level, in the Rabbit Valley in south-central Utah. The Fremont River flows through the valley, which lies between 11,305-foot (3,446 m) Thousand Lake Mountain to the north and 11,317-foot (3,449 m) Boulder Mountain to the south. Fishlake National Forest is to the north, and Dixie National Forest is to the south. The Capitol Reef National Park Visitors Center is 17 miles (27 km) to the east.


Area sites


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bicknell has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 353 people, 126 households, and 95 families residing in the town. The population density was 757.9 people per square mile (290.0/km²). There were 143 housing units at an average density of 307.0 per square mile (117.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.17% White, 0.28% Native American, 1.98% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.12% of the population.

There were 126 households out of which 38.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.80 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 32.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 22.9% from 25 to 44, 17.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 101.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,750, and the median income for a family was $34,500. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,457. About 12.5% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under age 18 and 7.2% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Bicknell town, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah:  
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Bicknell, Utah
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Wayne County History @ Capitol Reef Country website
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