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Hanksville took its name from one Ebenezer Hanks: an original Mormon founder of the town in 1882 when it was a sparse settlement known as Graves Valley. He was a busy individual: one-time mayor of Provo; entrepreneur in cotton, lumber, mining and freight businesses; judge...and polygamist. He was also prolific, having 10 children with wife #2. You'll find Ebenezer on a lonely, windswept hill just outside of town along with a daughter, son-in-law and some other early pioneers of Hanksville.

But it's the memorial of a more recent local celebrity that draws lovers of western lore. A.C. Ekker was another busy fella: rodeo rider, businessman, cattle raiser, river runner, guide and considered one of last of the genuine cowboys. His great-grandfather was buddies with Butch Cassidy when the Wild Bunch was laying low in a remote area nearby known as Robber's Roost. He inherited the ranch - also named Robber's Roost - homesteaded by his grandparents, and grew up range-riding the red-rock mesas and canyons of southern Utah. A.C accompanied actor Robert Redford into the Roost area for an article about the Wild West Mr. Redford wrote for National Geographic magazine in 1976, and appeared on the cover of that issue. Redford also wrote a book, "The Outlaw Trail", inspired by his role in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" in which his time riding with A.C and his dad figures prominently. He appeared in numerous other documentaries about life on the range as well.

Mr. Ekker, cowboy-ing by air, was looking for stray cattle in his Cessna 174 when it crashed near his ranch on March 16, 2000.

I'm including a link to footage of AC as he takes the videographer through Robber's Roost hideout in 1991.


Address: Hanksville Cemetery, Wayne County, Utah
Directions: The cemetery is off Hwy 24 about 3/4 mile north of town. Turn right at the sign onto dirt/gravel road, stay left when it forks, and continue northeast about a mile
Website: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shOvq5Ed8Ic

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  • Updated May 1, 2015
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