People Profiles: Settlers

William Grandstaff

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Profile An early African-American pioneer, William Grandstaff was born in Alabama in 1840 to slave parentage. Arriving in Moab in 1877, Grandstaff ran cattle up the side canyon of the Colorado River that now bears his name, and reportedly lived...

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Addie Maxwell

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Profile Nancy Maxwell Gillette, granddaughter of Lydia Adelaide “Addie” Taylor Maxwell, said, “She’s an inspiration to me for her courage and spirit—a true businesswoman with style and character.” Moab’s first successful female entrepreneur, “Aunt Add,” managed the Maxwell House Hotel,...

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