Hanksville was originally known as Graves Valley after John Graves, who is said to have
been a member of the Powell Expedition. Ebenezer Hanks, headed a group of
settlers, to include my Great Grandfather
John Gerrit Ekker, who came
to the Hanksville valley in April 1882. Soon, the name of the new
settlement was changed to Hanksville after Ebenezer Hanks. The Hanksville community
was very self reliant, as it was
located 54 miles from Green River and 72 miles from upper Wayne County. The upper grade students
still ride bussed
to Bicknell for Middle and High School some 72 miles through Capitol Reef.
Hanksville has known a gold boom, uranium boom and is said to be on the verge of
an oil boom. It is the western gateway to Hite, Glen Canyon, the Robbers
Roost and Lake
Powell. It is the nearest approach to the Henry Mountains in Garfield County.
The Henry Mountains rise from the desert almost 12,000 ft. On this mountain range is the
states only herd of wild buffalo. The BLM has some of its own offices
here. Rich in folk lure of "Robbers Roost", the Butch Cassidy Gang
and the buffalo herd, Wayne County makes the real "Old West" believable again.