ABRAHAM – The Topaz Relocation Camp was built near here in 1942 to house thousands of Japanese-Americans. The internment camp consisted of 19,800 acres, nearly 4 times the size of the more famous Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. Located 3.5 miles northwest of Abraham, the over 40 barracks were dismantled in 1945 and removed. Nothing remains today except rubble and a monument. GO THERE
ALPINE – The North Pole isn't the only place candy canes are made! Just come over to the Peppermint Place at 119 E. 200 N. in Alpine. The confectionery wonderland offers a free behind-the-scenes look at the candy-crafting process. They are open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for viewing.
AMERICAN FORK – Inventor Harvey Fletcher is buried here in the cemetery at American Fork. He invented "Stereophonic" sound.
BAGLEY – A train wreck killed 50 people here on December 31, 1944.
BEAVER – Born here in Beaver were: outlaw Robert Leroy Parker on April 16, 1866. (He was better known as Butch Cassidy), inventor Philo Taylor Farnsworth in 1906, and actress Betty Compson in 1897.
u Charles Manson, leader of the Manson gang, was arrested here for theft in 1951.
BROWN'S PARK – Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid formed the "Wild Bunch" here on August 8, 1896. 200 outlaws attended the first meeting. The graves of over 200 outlaws are located here in the 40-acre park. Brown's Park is located in the northeast corner of the state surrounded by the Diamond and Douglas mountains. The Green river runs through the park. GO THERE
CASTLE GATE – When outlaw, George "Flat Nose" Curry, held up a train at Wilcox Siding, a posse trailed him here to Castle Gate, where on April 17, 1900, they trapped him on a ranch. Curry ran for six miles before he was hit in the head with a bullet from a long range rifle. Before his was dumped in a common grave at Thompson Utah, souvenir hunters ripped away portions of his skin. The outlaw loot was never recovered and many believe it was hidden by the gang somewhere near Robbers Roost located along the Outlaw Trail, in southeastern Utah. Castle Gate was dismantled in 1974. All that's left today is the cemetery.
u Butch Cassidy and the "Wild Bunch," robbed a mining camp here of $8,000 on April 21,1897, a camp where he once worked as a miner.
u A mine explosion killed 173 miners here on March 8, 1924.
CEDAR CITY – The movies Union Pacific, The Good Earth, and Ramona were shot near here.
CIRCLEVILLE – Butch Cassidy lived here in a small cabin with his father on a ranch 3 miles south of town in 1878 (between Richfield and Panguitch on Highway 89). He left in 1884 when he was 18. Butch's sister Lula Parker Bentenson died here in 1971, at age 94. It was rumored that Butch returned to Circleville, changed his name, and died here in 1929. GO THERE
COALVILLE – Actor Anthony Geary was born here in 1947.
ELGIN – A ghost town, Elgin is located near Green River on Highway 70. GO THERE NEXT
EUREKA – Eureka was once a major center for mining. The ghost towns of Silver City and Mammouth are nearby. Eureka is located southwest of Provo on Highway 6. GO THERE NEXT
FRISCO – Silver was discovered here in the ghost town of Frisco in 1875. Soon the town had a population of 6000, a hospital, hotels, churches, school, newspaper and many stores. When the silver mine caved in in 1885, people began leaving town, and by 1929, it was a ghost town In 2002, a mining company began to rework the mines of Frisco, so only the charcoal kilns and cemetery are accessible today. Frisco, is just off route 21, 15 miles west of Milford.
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GARRISON – The silent movie The Covered Wagon was filmed here in 1922. GO THERE
GILES – Founded in 1898, the ghost town of Giles is located east of what is now known as Capitol Reef National Park. GO THERE
GRAFTON – A semi-ghost town, near Saint George, many Mormon settlers, the victims of Indian attacks, are buried here. The graveyard is located about halfway between what is left of the town and the Rockville Bridge that goes over the Virgin River. Grafton is on Route 9 near Rockville. GO THERE NEXT
u Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid used the Grafton area as a hideout in the late 1890s.
u the 1969 movie, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the 1979 movie "The Electric Horseman" were filmed here
GREEN RIVER – For more than 50 years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept most outsiders off his land and the secret under wraps: a string of ancient Indian settlements so remarkably well-preserved that arrowheads and beads are still lying out in the open. Hidden deep inside the nearly inaccessible Book Cliffs region along Range Creek just north of Green River, the prehistoric villages run for 12 miles and include hundreds of rock art panels, cliff side granaries, stone houses built halfway underground, rock shelters, and the mummified remains of long-ago inhabitants. The site was occupied for at least 3,000 years until it was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago when the Fremont people mysteriously vanished. The site today is virtually untouched. Skeletons found on the site were of little people, wrapped like Egyptians, in strips of beaver skin and cedar board, and perfectly preserved. GO THERE
u Green River is known as the watermelon capital of the world.
HANKSVILLE – Hanksville is a small town located in Wayne County at the junction of Utah State Route 24 and Utah State Route 95. The town is just south of the confluence of the Fremont River and Muddy Creek. The population in 2003 was 197.
u “Robbers Roost," just southeast of town was used as a hideout by Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch in 1897. (Also see Vernal).
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HARRISBURG – The ghost town of Harrisburg was founded in 1859, and is located where where Quail Creek crosses I-15, 14 miles northeast of St. George. GO THERE NEXT
HUNTINGTON – A mine explosion killed 27 miners here on December 19, 1984. A mine cave-in here in August, 2007 killed a total of 9 miners.
JOHNSON – The only thing left of the ghost town of Johnson is a small cemetery. But nearby is is an old ghost town movie set that was home to Gunsmoke and over 50 movies. It is privately owned and is fenced off. The site is located 10 miles towards Lake Powell from Kanab, and then 5 miles up Johnson Canyon, GO THERE
KANAB – .Known as “Little Hollywood” because of the many movies and TV shows that have been filmed here including The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, Death Valley Days, Have Gun Will Travel, and The Planet of the Apes. At Frontier Movie Town on Kanab's Center Street, you can stroll a planked sidewalk past the jail, livery, boarding house, general store, and log and adobe dwellings, all part of original set designs that have been preserved. Located between Bryce Canyon National Park, the Grand Canyon (North Rim), and Zion National Park. Kanab had a population 3564 in 2000. GO THERE
KIMBERLEY – Ivy Baker Priest former U.S. treasurer was born here in 1905. A ghost town today, Kimberly is located about 30 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. GO THERE
KINNECOTT MINE – The Kennecott Mine is the largest open pit copper mine in the country. It is located south of Salt Lake Lake City on Highway 111. GO THERE
LEVAN – Levan is "navel" spelled backwards. It was named Levan because it is in the middle of the state.
LOGAN – Born here in Logan were: actor John Gilbert 1885, founder of the First Security Corp. Marriner Eccles in 1890, poet May Swenson in 1913, and football player Merlin Olson in 1940.
MAGNA – Social reformer Howard A. Jarvis was born here in 1903. (Magna is near Ogden).
u The auditorium of Cyprus High School here is reportedly haunted.
MARRIOTT – J. Willard Marriott founder of the Marriott restaurant and hotels was born here in 1900. (Marriott is near Ogden).
MARYSVALE – Actress Marie Windsor was born here in 1922.
MEXICAN HAT – The movies, Stage Coach, Billy the Kid, My Darling Clementine, and The Harvey Girls were filmed here near Monument Pass in the 1930s and 1940s. Mexican Hat is a small community located on the San Juan River on U.S. Highway 163 just three miles south of the junction with Utah SR-261, and is just outside the northern boundary of both the Navajo Nation and Monument Valley. Population in 2000 was 88. The name "Mexican Hat" comes from a sombrero-shaped, 60 foot wide by 12 foot thick (18.3 x 3.7 m), rock outcropping on the northeast edge of town. . GO THERE
MOAB – The Hole "N The Rock, a unique home, carved out of a huge rock here has fourteen fabulous rooms arranged around huge pillars. A fireplace with a 65 foot chimney drilled through solid sandstone, a deep french fryer, and a bathtub built to the rock are among the attractions. GO THERE
MODENA – Modena was once a booming railroad and mining town with a population of nearly 3,500. Today, the population is about 50 people. Although, many gold and silver mining claims are still being worked, the people are scattered around the area and not living in town. Modena, has a small convenience store with grocery items, gasoline, a post office, and café, several very old buildings, and a railroad station. It is located off highway 56 heading west from Cedar City towards the Nevada border GO THERE
MOUNTAIN MEADOWS – On September 7, 1857, the Fancher Party, a group of California bound emigrants from Arkansas and Missouri, were driving their wagon train through southern Utah and made the mistake of shouting insults at Mormons and naming one of their oxen, Brigham Young. Under a white flag of truce, the local Mormon leader, John D. Lee, and 54 Mormon militiamen, approached the Fancher Group here at Mountain Meadows, where they offered to provide safe passage through the territory. Once the emigrants accepted the Mormon offer and laid down their weapons, the Mormons opened fire on them. The Indians, allies of the Mormons, then stormed the wagon train, and slaughtered the women and all the older children. When the blood-bath ended, 123 were dead, only 17 young children were left alive. Lee fled the area with his 17 wives and settled in Lee's Ferry, Arizona. In 1877, Lee was arrested and tried for his part in the massacre. He was convicted and sentenced to die. On March 23, 1877. Lee was brought back here to Mountain Meadows, where as he sat blindfolded on the coffin that was to hold his remains, he was executed by a firing squad.
– Pine Valley is north of St. George on Highway 18, between Central and Enterprise, in the Dixie National Forest. Take the Pine Valley turnoff for the massacre site). The massacre site is located along Route 18 and about 30 miles north of St. George, and about roughly 30 miles southwest of Cedar City. GO THERE
OGDEN – Born here in Ogden were: gun inventor John M. Browning in 1855, actor/director James Cruze in 1884, writer Bernard De Voto in 1897, bandleader Red Nichols in 1905, inventor Nolan Bushnell in 1915 (He invented the first coin-operated video game), singer Donny Osmond in 1957, and singer Marie Osmond in 1959.
u Actor Robert Walker is buried here in Washington Heights Memorial Park.
OPHIR – The mining ghost town of Ophir was founded in 1870. The town was named for the biblical Ophir, from where King Solomon brought back gold to Israel. Ophir had a population of 23 in 2000. Today, it has only a few residents. It is located on private property just off Highway 73, 20 miles south of Tooele. GO THERE NEXT
OREM – Olive Osmond, mother of Donny and Marie is buried here in the East Lawn Memorial Hills Cemetery.
PANGUITCH – Murderer John D. Lee is buried here in the Panguitch Cemetery. He was executed by firing squad while sitting on his coffin in Mountain Meadows on March 23, 1877. (See Mountain Meadows for the story about the Mountain Meadows Massacre).
PARIA – Paria (Pariah) was settled by the Mormons in 1870 on the narrow benches above the Pahreah River. An old movie set is located about 2 miles from the old town site Paria is 42 miles northeast of Kanab. GO THERE NEXT
PAYSON – Born here in Payton were The King Sisters singing group, and singer Jewel in 1974.
PRICE – Butch Cassidy, the Sun Dance Kid, and the "Wild Bunch," rode through here many times in the late 1890s. They used the nearby canyons to hide out. Matt Warner, a former member of the "Wild Bunch," lived his last years here where he served as sheriff. The site is located 32 miles west of Brigham City 66 miles northwest of Salt Lake City.
PROMONTORY SUMMIT – The "Golden Spike" was driven here on May 10, 1869 where the Union Pacific and Central Canadian Pacific railroads met. The location of the Golden Spike is sometimes erroneously identified as Promontory Point. However, this is a different location at the southern tip of a peninsula in the Great Salt Lake, and a point on the Lucin Cutoff
PROVO – Born here in Provo were: inventor Harvey Fletcher in 1884 (he invented stereophonic sound), sculptor Avard Fairbanks in 1897, actress Edwina Booth in 1909, author Virginia Sorensen in 1912, and first heart recipient Barney Clark in 1921.
u Ken Hubbs, 23-year-old second baseman for the Chicago Cubs, was killed near here in a plane crash on February 13, 1964.
u Richard McCoy was living here at 360 South 2nd East in 1971-72. McCoy was suspected of being "D.B. Cooper," the man who hijacked a 747 and parachuted out over Washington with $200,000 in ransom.
u Buried here in the Provo City Cemetery are:
– Philo Taylor Farnsworth, inventor. He invented television in 1928. He is on the south side of the Cemetery near the gate.
– Carlyle Harmon. He Invented disposable diapers. He is in Block 10 Lot 52.
– Ora Pate Stewart, author/composer. He is in Block 1 Lot 109.
– Samuel Woolley Taylor, author. He wrote "The Absent Minded Professor." He is in Block 8, Lot 3.
RICHFIELD – Astronaut Edwin "Jake" Garn was born here in 1932.
ROCK SPRINGS – Butch Cassidy worked as a butcher here in 1892.
ROOSEVELT – Actress Laraine Day was born here in 1917.
SALINA – During WWII, Camp Salina, a POW camp here, housed hundreds of German Nazi prisoners. Buses transported the prisoners daily to Sevier and Sanpete counties where they picked beets under the direction of U.S. Army personnel. It was a quiet existence for both POWs and the GIs during the closing months of the war. All this changed on the night of July 8, 1945, when 23-year-old army private Clarence Bertucci climbed the guard tower with a .30 caliber machine gun. He looked across the tent city where the 250 Germans slept. Then, for the next 15 seconds, he riddled the 43 tents from left to right. The shooting stopped only when the gun ran out of ammunition. Eight Germans had been killed and twenty more were wounded. The victims were laid to rest at Fort Douglas and given a proper military funeral. Bertucci showed no remorse for what he done. He said he hated Germans, and wanted to kill them. On August 18, psychiatrists concluded that Bertucci was "mentally unbalanced." Five days later, he was granted a discharge from the Army and sent to a mental institution for further tests and evaluation.
SALT LAKE CITY – Born here in Salt Lake City were: actress Maude Adams in 1872, playwright Otto Harbach in 1873, actor Mack Swain in 1876, artist Lee Greene Richards in 1878, film director Frank Borzage in 1883, actress Vera Sisson in 1891, actress Natacha Rambova (former wife of Rudolph Valentino) in 1897, inventor Carlyle Harmon in 1905 (invented the disposable diaper), actor Joseph Kearns (Mr. Wilson in TV's Dennis the Menace) in 1907, inventor Lester Wire in 1911, actress Loretta Young in 1913, actor Robert Walker in 1918, actress Joi Lansing in 1928, serial killer Gary Ridgeway in 1949, comedian Rosanne Barr in 1952, and football player Steve Young in 1961.
u The Beehive House here on the corner of South Temple Street and State Street, was built in 1854, by Brigham Young, who hired several workmen to hoist a huge beehive on the roof to symbolize thrift, industry and an era when people used to put huge beehives on the roof.
u The people of Salt Lake City consume more Jell-O per capita than any other city in the United States.
u The King Sisters singing group grew up here.
u Outlaw Jack Slade was lynched in Virginia City, Montana on March 3, 1864, and was buried here in Salt Lke City by his wife on July 7, 1864. She was taking his body back to Illinois for burial, but by the time she got here, decomposition had set in, so she buried him here in the Mormon Cemetery.
u Calamity Jane's father, Mr. Canary, died here and was buried here in 1867. Calamity Jane left town in 1868.
u Buried here in the Salt Lake City Cemetery are:
– Arthur Shepherd, composer.
– Lester Wire, inventor. He invented the electric traffic signal here in 1912 at 668 So. Third.
– Edward Woods, actor. He played James Cagney's buddy in the film "Public Enemy." He is in the West Section-7-132-1-East.
– Many leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
u Actress Ina Claire is buried here in the Mount Olivet Cemetery.
u Buried here in the Mormon Pioneer Cemetery at 140 1st Avenue are:
– Brigham Young, second president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS). When Young died in 1877, he lay in state in the Mormon Tabernacle while 40,000 people filed past. Among the 4,000 who followed his coffin to the Cemetery, were 16 of his surviving wives, and 44 of his children. His legal wife, Mary Ann Angell, walked arm-in-arm with his favorite wife, Amelia Folsom. His plain pine coffin was enclosed in an airtight, metallic burial case, with a glass insert over his face. Young designed his vault so that it would be impossible to remove a single stone from it.
u Playwright Otto Abels Harbach is buried here in the Shrine of Memories Mausoleum. He wrote the plays No No Nanette, Rose Marie, Men of the Sky, and Roberta.
u Ivy Baker Priest, former Treasurer of the United States is buried here in the Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
SCOFIELD – A coal mine explosion killed 200 miners here in the nearby Winter Quarters mine on May 1, 1900. 140 of the dead were stored in the Scofield schoolhouse until they could be buried here in the Scofield Cemetery. The explosion left 107 widows and 268 children fatherless. Now a ghost town, Scofield is located in Carbon County. (See Winter Quarters) GO THERE NEXT
SEGO – Coal was discovered here in the ghost town of Sego in the 1890s. To get to Sego, drive 25 miles east from Green River on I-70. Take exit 187 and drive north on the main road through the town of Thompson. The road is paved to the site of Native American pictographs and petroglyphs. To reach Sego, drive 1/2 mile further up canyon on a maintained gravel road until you reach a fork in the road. Turn right at the signed turn-off to Sego Canyon. The cemetery is seen immediately to the right. Keep heading up the road about another mile, and the ruins come into view. GO THERE NEXT NEXT
SILVER CITY – Gold was discovered in the ghost town of Silver City 1869. In 1908, 1500 people lived here in 1908, but the town was deserted in 1930 after the mines ran out. Silver City is located about 90 miles from Salt Lake City. GO THERE NEXT
SILVER REEF – IN 1876, Silver Reef, a silver mining town, had a Main street over a mile long, had over 2000 people, hotels, 9 stores, 6 saloons, a bank, several restaurants, a hospital, 2 dance halls, 2 newspapers, a china town and 3 cemeteries. There are still people living here today, and the area is being developed. Silver Reef is located about 18 miles northeast of St. George, just off Highway 15. GO THERE NEXT
STATELINE – The ghost town of Stateline is located near Modena, about 80 miles west of Cedar City. GO THERE NEXT
THOMPSON – The semi-ghost town of Thompson is located just north of the east-west highway route shared by Interstate 70, U.S. Route 6 and U.S. Route 50, between Crescent Junction and Cisco.
u Outlaw George "Flat Nose" Curry, was buried here after he was killed by the sheriff on April 17, 1900. Before Curry's body was dumped into a common grave, souvenir hunters ripped away portions of his skin.
TOPAZ – Many Japanese-Americans were held here in a detention camp during WWII. (See Abraham, Utah).
VERNAL – Actor James Woods was born here in 1947.
u Vernal was a rendezvous for the "Robbers Roost" gang, which roamed this part of the state in the 1890s. Butch Cassidy hid out here in 1897. ("Robbers Roost" is located 40 miles west of Hanksville, 55 miles south of Green River, and 30 miles south of Dandy cross).
u Vernal was founded by Senator Orrin Hatch's Great-Great Grandfather Jeremiah Hatch.
WASHINGTON TERRACE – Washington Terrace was originally built in the 1940s to house Italian POW's. Some of the original buildings have been converted into houses.
u The last person in America to be executed by firing squad, John Albert Taylor, raped and murdered Charla King here in Washington Terrace in 1988.
WIDTSOE – The ghost town of Widtsoe was settled by Mormons in the late 19th century. The site is located on the east fork of the Sevier River, about 16 miles northeast of Bryce Canyon.
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WINTER QUARTERS – Winter Quarters was Utah’s first commercial coal mine and once had a population of over 1800 families. On May 1,1900, an explosion in the town mine killed 199 men. The bodies were removed from the mine and buried here and in Scofield. There was an outpouring of aid from around the country for the victims families, but the United States Congress refused to give financial help because they did not want to set a precedent. The town became a ghost town in 1929, The site is now located on private property west of Scofield.
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