We are pleased to announce the publication of Uinta Basin Healers. The book is available at the Regional History Center. To order a copy please call (435)789-0091 ext 19. $30.00. Doris Karren Burton, Retired director of the Library’s Regional History Center, spent ten years researching and writing this book.
Please note: Uinta is spelled without the “h” when describing the geographic area (i.e. Uinta Basin). In political contexts the word is spelled with the “h” (Uintah County, Uintah School District). We don’t know why they started doing it that way…they just did.
When settlers began to arrive in the Uinta Basin in 1873, licensed members of the medical profession were not available. People had to make-do with home remedies and folk wisdom. This book shares life sketches, memories, and discusses the contributions made to the communities of the Uinta Basin by medical practitioners.
Doris Karren Burton has a deep-rooted history in the history of Uintah County. She was born in the county, and her grandparents and great-grandparents were instrumental in the settlement of Vernal, Utah. Thirty years ago Mrs. Burton retired as director of the Uintah County Library to establish the Regional History Center. Today the center employs four full-time people and has vast collections of historical documents, books, photographs and more.