Gunnison Utah - a city in the Sevier Valley in southwestern in Sanpete County, Utah,USA


Gunnison Utah is a city in the Sevier Valley in southwestern in Sanpete County, Utah, United States. The population was 3,285 at the 2010 census. The city was named in honor of John W. Gunnison, a United States Army officer who surveyed for the transcontinental railroad in 1853.

Gunnison is located at 39°9′19″N 111°49′6″W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all land.

Gunnison is located in the South Sanpete School District and has 1 elementary school, 1 middle school, and 1 high school (all of which are known as Gunnison Valley). Gunnison Valley High School is the "Home of the Bulldogs" with the traditional school colors being Blue and White. The Mighty Bulldogs compete in the 2A division. The middle school mascot is the Royal Monarch (Elk), and the elementary school is also known as the Bulldogs.

In the summer of 2007, over 24,000 US gallons (91,000 l) of gasoline leaked from a storage tank beneath the Top Stop gas station, located on the corner of South Main and East Center and owned by Wind River Petroleum. The gasoline leaked throughout the soil beneath South Main Street and eventually throughout the southwest side of town, contaminating businesses and homes. On August 10, 2007, local and state officials ordered the temporary evacuation of an entire Main Street block, heavily populated with businesses, because of the fumes from the gasoline leak. In the weeks following, Wasatch Environmental installed underground soil-ventilation systems.[9] Several businesses, including the Top Stop, permanently closed, and some homes were evacuated. Gunnison City, along with a number of businesses and residents, filed suit against Wind River Petroleum over the handling of the gas leak. As of 2010, approximately $3 million ($1 million from a state cleanup fund, $2 million from Wind River Petroleum) had been spent on the cleanup, which is expected to last a decade.Gunnison City recently completed a Main Street rehabilitation project valued at over $1 million. While working together with Sanpete County in the "façade initiative", Gunnison City has seen a 25% increase of gross sales following the renovation of downtown Gunnison. Gunnison City is working diligently to encourage economic development and stands behind the city's motto of "Progress with Purpose".


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