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Burbank and moon at sunset
The historic Dearden Ranch

Burbank is a small farming community in Millard County, Utah, located just east of the Nevada border. It is located in the southern part of Snake Valley, near the opening (northern border) of Hamlin Valley. It was founded as a Mormon farming community in the 1870s, with a early post office located at the Dearden Ranch. It was named after Margie Burbank Clay, the wife of local Judge E. W. Clay.[1] Clay was used as the name of the major spring that was first used by the settlers. This spring is the main source of water for Pruess Lake, to the north. Outlaws, cattle rustlers, and uncertainty over the local water sources caused the abandonment of the community, with the exception of the Dearden Ranch.

The Dearden Ranch was started in 1886 and has been home to the Deaden Family ever since. The local springs that flow into Lake Creek have been informally named after the ranch, but are not named on maps or other documents, with the exception of water rights documents, which do name it Dearden Springs.[2]


  1. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-87480-345-4.  
  2. ^ Utah Geological Survey, Snake Valley Surface Water Data.

Coordinates: 38°49′15″N 113°59′29″W / 38.82078°N 113.99132°W / 38.82078; -113.99132


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