“Tuesday Tour Day” at the Uintah County Regional History Center on May 10, 17, 24, 31st 2022 at 10:00 am. Please sign-up at the Uintah County Library.

https://uintahcounty.librarymarket.com/ or call 435-789-6275

Come learn about what we have in our local history collections and archives. A mini class on how to access over 45,0000 photos in our collection and Vernal Express newspapers.

Tours will be at Uintah County Regional History Center 152 E. 100 N. Vernal, Utah


Uintah County Regional History Center

History Presentation

Latest Outlaw Trail Journal Winter 2018

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Local History Spotlight!

Pardon Dodds biography

Help Identify Old Photos! Get Your Outlaw Trail Journal Subscription Now!


Blue Mountain Moments “My Poetry” By Doris Karren Burton

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New Publication Available at Regional History Center!  June 1, 2016

This book of poetry was written by Doris Karren Burton it is based on some of her most colorful memories while growing up on Blue Mountain. Permission to publish has been granted by her family in her memory.


Outlaw Trail Journal Summer 2016



Outlaw Trail Journal Summer 2016  (Available June 1, 2016)

This issue features: Diamond Mountain History

Featuring Diamond Mountain History

Historical Spotlight – McCoys of Diamond Mountain
Mountain Tales – Zelph Calder & Matt Warner Reservoir
Outlaw Tales – Butch and the Boys Robbed a Few Trains
Historic Spotlight – I Am the Outlaw Trail
Mountain Tales – Near Tragedy on Diamond Mountain 
Mountain Tales – Jack I. Gumaer and Miss Dick


Buy your issue today for only $10.00. The journal is available in Vernal, Utah in the Regional History Center, and in the “NEW” Uintah County Heritage Museum.

If you would like more information about subscribing to the journal or purchasing any of our publications, or submitting an article please contact the Regional History Center at 435-789-6275 for Michelle or 435-789-6276 for Elaine or 435-789-6277 for Ellen. A yearly subscription for the Outlaw Trail Journal $20 can be sent to 152 East 100 North in Vernal, Utah, 84078 along with your name and address.

Outlaw Trail Journal – Winter 2015

Cover of the Outlaw Trail Journal Winter 2015   These booklets make a great gift for those folks who have everything. They have a great assortment of historical articles that are educational and entertaining.  Get a subscription for the one you love!

Oral Histories and Life Stories

The Regional History Center has been conducting oral interviews with long-time residents, war veterans, members of the Ute Tribe, and many others since 1969.

What is an oral history?

  • Oral History is the collection and study of historical information about individuals, families, important events, or everyday life.
  • Oral History is a method of historical documentation.
  • Oral History often touches on topics scarcely covered by written documents, and by doing so, fills in the gaps of records that make up early historical records.

How can I help?

  • Come into the Regional History Center or call and we will help you get started.
  •  If you have a friend or relative that you would like to do an oral history of, we will help you to set up an appointment for an interview.  We will conduct the interview or you would also be able to do the interview – or both.

Oral History Indexes:

Alphabetical & Topical INDEX

Tape Number Index

Selected Oral Histories are posted on the Internet Archive

Sample transcriptions posted:

Leonard Cook Oral History Transcription

Faron Wilkins Oral History Transcription


To access transcriptions and audio recordings for oral history interviews you may visit the Uintah County Library’s Regional History Center at the Uintah County Administrative Building, First Floor 152 East 100 North Vernal, Utah, 84078 or you may request that a transcription or audio recording be made available electronically. To request that an item be digitized please complete the form below:

Online History Resources

We, at the Regional History Center, have a few favorites for researching local history online. These quality sites are listed below.  We find them very useful in answering many of the questions concerning our history.

Online History Resources


Library of Congress The Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, maps and manuscripts in its collections.

Mountain West Digital Library The Mountain West Digital Library is a central search portal for digital collections about the Mountain West region.  It provides free access to over 650,000 resources from universities, colleges, public libraries, museums, historical societies, and government agencies, counties, and municipalities in Utah, Nevada, and other parts of the U.S. West.

Smithsonian was founded in 1846.  The Smithsonian is the world’s largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

Uintah Basin Teaching American History  This site was originally a project funded by a Teaching American History Grant.   Scholar Antonio Arce (director of the Ute Tribe Education Department), compiled a vast amount of highly significant historic resources from historic markers, to websites that offer general overviews of the past. The web site focuses on Western American history and includes a variety of Native American Indian references.

Utah American Indian Digital Archive   A joint project of The Utah Division of Indian Affairs, KUED, the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, and the American West Center.   This site contains completely digitized historically significant documents, photographs, books, and more relating to Utah’s recognized American Indian Tribes.

Utah Digital Newspapers  Online access to historical newspapers throughout Utah including the Salt Lake Tribune, Deseret News, Vernal Express, Myton Free Press, and many other regional Utah newspapers. This s a great collection of primary source newspapers for avid historians and beginners.  Newspapers help us to find the context for photographs, documents and life activities.  They are also useful for those researching their own family roots–especially if you know which town your family lived.

Utah Historical Society   The Utah Historical Society, in cooperation with the Utah Division of State History, publish the Utah Historical Quarterly, and has a vast collection of historic Utah sources including Pioneer era Letters, Diaries, Photographs and collections that document the history of the state.