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A haunting past: A photographic look at some of Utah's ghost towns

Published: Thursday, March 20 2014 10:17 p.m. MDT

Utah State Historical Society
Throughout Utah's history, towns were settled, developed and grew. With the depletion of minerals, changing economic times, disaster and drought, however, some of these same towns were soon abandoned and left to the dust of time.

Here's a photographic look at some of Utah's many ghost towns.
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Overjoyed
Orem, UT

I enjoyed looking at the pictures of Utah ghost towns, but found it difficult, even annoying that I had to click through 55 pages at one picture per page, all of different sizes, in order to see them, especially when so many were from the same towns. They could easily have been grouped together for viewer convenience.

Reday
WVC, UT

Love ghost towns & pictures; would like to see more location information; Iron Town is West, not East of Cedar City.

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I love ghost towns, and have visited many in Utah. However, I didn't find this list to be very exciting. As Overjoyed stated, there is no grouping of the photos, and some sites have too many photos for the places, particularly Ironton. I think that any real "ghost town chaser" could have done a better job with organizing and capturing a wider variety of abandoned towns or hamlets.

Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

Slideshows might have made sense when everyone had dial-up, but modern ISP connections make it easy to load all of the photos on a single page where we can scroll through them without endless clicking.

Serenity
Manti, UT

I agree with the above criticisms of having to click through all those pictures but it was interesting to see these photos. We've seen many of these ghost towns, so its interesting to have some sort of captions about them. Thank you

Silberbird
Salt Lake City, UT

Sometimes it nice just to enjoy something without critiquing or whining. If someone hadn't taken time to take those pictures you were able to see them from your desk without going there.

Dr. K
Salem, UT

How do you not include Thistle in this list?

UteMiguel
Go Utes, CA

Cool.

Demo Dave
Holladay, UT

I'd love to see photos of Jacob City, if any exist.

gmk17of TX
Arlington, TX

Great article, thanks for sharing. I see some week-end road trips in my future!

nmjim
SANDIA PARK, NM

I also hate "lists" such as these even when interesting. It's obviously a technique to increase the number of "hits" on websites and each "page" pops up another set of ads. Nothing is free, especially time on the internet...

Nan BW
ELder, CO

I appreciate the regrouping of the photos. Woodside is included in the list, and it does have a fascinating history, besides being right on the highway and easily seen. It was revived by Roy Pogue late in the last century and the gas station was open for several years. Roy lived right there. He closed it when an fatal accident occurred because there was no left-hand turn lane. He told me this story: President Buchanan, known for his "blunder" in early Utah history had a niece who sometimes helped him in the White House. He was not a fan of the "Mormons" so it is ironic that she became a Mormon pioneer and is buried in the Woodside Cemetery. Roy was an incredible historian for that area, and had a great collection of stories. If any of his family members read this, please know we (my spouse and I) stopped there virtually every time we drove by there en route to or from CO. There was also the "geyser" there, often known as a bubbling mud pot.

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