Moapa Valley has been inhabited since approximately 1000 B.C.
according to archeological research. The earliest inhabitants were
American Indians including the Pueblos until around A.D. 1150, and after
that the Paiute Indians. The Moapa Band of Paiutes have a reservation
in Moapa,and operate the Moapa Tribal Plaza at the East Entrance of the Valley of Fire State Park.
The Mormons started an agricultural community along the Muddy River at St. Thomas
(abandoned and submerged when Hoover Dam was built) in 1864. Additional
towns were settled including St. Joseph (currently Logandale), Overton,
Westpoint (currently Moapa), and Kaolin (suffered the same fate as St.
Check out the posts in the Moapa Valley Chamber of Commerce Blog for more information about the history of Moapa Valley