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William Grandstaff

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 in the remains of the Elk Mountain Mission Fort before leaving the area in the early 1880’s. Grandstaff’s whereabouts were unknown until he turned up in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, where he lived until his death in 1901. Grandstaff was a 2017 posthumous inductee into the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame in Texas.