4th Grade Info
Daggett County Information for 4th Grade Reports
What does 4th Grade have to Do with Daggett County?
Utah elementary students have the opportunity to learn about Utah's counties during the 4th or 5th Grade. Whether you're a student working on a report or you're just interested in learning more about Daggett County, we hope you enjoy this section of the website.
Formation of Daggett County
Although Daggett County is Utah's youngest and least populated County, the area enjoys a rich and interesting history. The County broke off of Uintah County in 1918 and was named for Ellsworth Daggett who helped develop irrigation in the area. It's a recreation paradise with beautiful red rock canyons, lakes, rivers, and forests.
The small permanent population in Daggett County only amounted to 1059 people during the 2010 census. There are over 1100 residences in Daggett County, but only 25% are inhabited by year round residents. Daggett County does not have any stop lights although we had two temporary lights in place during the summer of 2006 for road construction safety on the Flaming Gorge Dam and the Cart Creek Bridge. Daggett County has two zip codes: Manila (the only municipality) and surrounding areas are part of the 84046 zip code, while the area of Dutch John (which is managed by the County) and Greendale are part of the 84023 zip code. Those who reside in Brown's Park on the eastern end of the County get their mail through Maybell, Colorado. Daggett County has the oldest average age of all the counties in Utah.
The County's economy is based primarily on
- Recreation and Tourism
- Government work
- Natural Gas Extraction
The agricultural portion of the economy involves primarily beef production with some sheep also being raised. Daggett County's crops are the grasses and hays needed to feed the livestock during the fall and winter months. The high altitude and mountainous climate do not allow very many other crops to be grown commercially. Many residents raise gardens for personal use, but the abundant wildlife often benefit more from these efforts than the gardeners. The Daggett Soil Conservation District represents and assists the local agricultural producers.
Government Work and Public Lands
Nearly 90% of Daggett County consists of federally or state managed lands, which provides plenty opportunities for recreation and employment for those working in the area. The major government employers in Daggett County include:
- The U.S. Forest Service (Ashley National Forest)
- The Bureau of Reclamation (Flaming Gorge Dam)
- Utah Department of Wildlife Resources
- Daggett School District
- Town of Manila
- Daggett County
The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) manage a sizeable amount of land in Daggett County (80%), while most of the BLM and some of the Forest Service workers actually live and work in Vernal. Other local government jobs include County and Municipal elected officials, their staffs including the jail staff at the Daggett County Jail and the teachers and other employees of the Daggett School District.
Recreation in Daggett County means:
- Wildlife Viewing
- Bird Watching
- Just plain old relaxing and enjoying life