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Antelope Island
General Information
Location:Great Salt Lake, Northern Utah
Establishment:2250
Disestablishment:2300
Population:49
Notable Individuals:
Factions:Antelope Island Settlers
Notable events:Founding of Antelope Island, The "Meat Plague".

A small island and former state park in northern Utah, Antelope Island is a small settlement which houses a tiny population of hunters and farmers.

History

Originally a state park before the Great War known for it's scenic beauty and the large population of wildlife such as bison and pronghorn antelope (for which the island is known for). Located close to the mainland, a bridge was built early on in order to accommodate tourists. Only a few park rangers, a handful of hikers and a single homeless man were on the island during the attack. Most -aside from the homeless man- quickly left the island to return to their families or their homes. The homeless man stayed on the island for several years before dying to food poisoning. Whatever structures that were built before eventually was destroyed by a combination of the elements or scavengers. Eventually, the only thing left was a rusting tourist sign saying "Antelope Island" and the bridge connecting Antelope Island to the mainland.

Antelope Island was forgotten. It was too out of the way for most travelers, and few saw any potential for a settlement in the remote area. It occasionally served as a campground for tribals and caravaneers, but, nothing permanent resulted from it.

In 2248, a hunter named Jacob Atkins came across Antelope Island during a long-range hunting trip. Impressed by the massive amount of wildlife on the island, it's remote location and the lack of anybody else already living there; he returned home and moved his family to Antelope Island. Building a small cabin for his family, they ended up creating a small but successful farm. The Atkins family also ended up making a healthy living trading with wandering caravans, selling them meat and animal skins in return for other goods and services.

Many began calling the area the Atkins Homestead, and a few wastelanders began settling the area around the homestead. The population of the island slowly grew until 2250 in which the population of the island was just under fifty people in scattered, isolated homesteads. Maps compiled of the pre-war state named the area Antelope Island after it's pre-war name, the first time it's been called that since the Great War. Jacob Atkins, the first settler, became the settlements de-facto mayor.

The settlement quietly existed for most of it's history. Its small size caused it to be passed over by many raider gangs and warlords, and it's remote location kept it safe from most other threats.

In 2300, a mysterious disease swept through the wild animals of Antelope Island. Dubbed the "Meat Plague" by the island's settlers because it infected only the meat of the animal; it left two dozen of the people who ate the diseased meat dead within the month. Everyone else quickly and quietly packed up their belongings and moved on to greener pastures.

Since then, the island has remained uninhabited aside from a few people who have camped there overnight.

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