The Early Days:
The area known as Brian Head was first discovered by the Fremont Tribe and later settled in the mid 1800's. Brian Head was originally known as Monument Peak and Bear Flats but no one knows for sure how exactly Brian Head got it's name. One theory is that the name derived from the three time Democratic presidential candidate of the late 1800's and early 1900's William Jennings Bryan. Another is that the name came from a Parowan family with the surname of Bryan; while another says a man named Bryan built a monument up on the rock (Brian Head Peak); and yet another story claims explorer John Wesley Powell saw the peak above all the others and named it after an official in the Geographical Survey office by the name of Bryan which is an idea supported by author Rufus Wood Leigh in his 1860's book, "Five Hundred Utah Place Names". However Brian Head got it's name, one thing is for sure the "y" dropped off in favor of "i".
Brian Head was incorporated into the Dixie National Park around 1906 and in the late 19th century and early 20th century, the area was known as "Little Ireland" named after the Adams family who was of Irish heritage and who used the area for dairying and as a summer grazing range for sheep and horses. It was also the site for logging along with a cheese factory. In the 1920's, it boasted a hotel, restaurant and dance hall operated by Minnie Adams Burton, known as Minnies Mansion. The spot was popular for its huge breakfasts, fireworks and dancing. in 1924 the state re-purchased selected parcels of land from the original folks who had previously been allowed to develop them as homesteads. In the late 1930's, brothers Thomas and Joseph Holyoak along with Will Lyman and P. A. Clark purchased the land.