Sundance
Pop. 1,161 Elev. 4,750

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The nearby mountain of the same name was a sacred spot for many Native American tribes. Numbers of people came here to participate in the sun dance, a grueling ceremony that involved, among other things, staring at the sun. The first white settler here, Albert Hoge, set up a supply station for ranchers in 1879. Cattle and lumber became the primary industries over the next century or so, with a few other influences on the economy coming and going, like an airfield and energy services.

Harry Longabaugh, the Sundance Kid, hailed from here. When Robert Redford played Longabaugh in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, it became his favorite character. He named the area where he built a home in central Utah Sundance. Later, he helped promote the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, which is known worldwide. So the name has come a long way from where it began.

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