At Hinckley, an isolated handful of trees and houses stand surrounded by tracts of farmland in a wide open valley. The Sevier River, passing nearby, brings irrigation water to the area a few miles around. Beyond that, the barrenness of the Sevier Desert stretches nearly to the horizon, where a few distant mountains are visible.
Hinckley was settled in the 1870s and received its name in 1891 in honor of the leader of the local stake of the Mormon Church. As of the year 2000, there are 698 people living at Hinckley. The streets are wide and quiet, and the signs of farming and ranching reach right into the town. U.S. Highways 6 and 50 (combined) pass through the north end of town, heading east to nearby Delta, and west into Nevada A network of rural roads criss-crosses the farmland around Hinckley.
Hinckley lies in the middle of the Sevier Basin, which is the seafloor of ancient Lake Bonneville. Thousands of years ago, Lake Bonneville covered most of western Utah and reached into Idaho, Nevada and Arizona. As it dried up, the Sevier Basin was one of the last to be uncovered. Lake Sevier, several miles southwest of Hinckley, didn't dry up until after the pioneers started using the water of the Sevier River for irrigation. Today, Great Salt Lake is the main remnant of Lake Bonneville.
Several miles south of Hinckley lies Black Rock, a plateau that rises a couple hundred feet from the desert floor. A rock formation at the edge of this plateau is a local attraction, called the Great Stone Face, and is said to look like the prophet Joseph Smith.
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