Colton Utah

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Colton was a railroad town and came into existence as a result of the coal mines in Pleasant Valley. The town existed for several years not as a town but as a siding. The ghost town sits almost on the line separating Carbon County from Utah County along US Highway 6 just south of SR 96.

colton ut Ghost TownColton is a ghost town located in Utah County, Utah, about 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Soldier Summit. Formerly a busy railroad junction on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Colton is a landmark on U.S. Route 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon between the cities of Spanish Fork and Price. The site was first settled in 1883 under the name of Pleasant Valley Junction, where the Pleasant Valley Railroad connected the mining town of Winter Quarters, 20 miles (32 km) to the south, to the Rio Grande line. This line was soon abandoned, replaced by a Rio Grande branch along a much easier grade between Pleasant Valley Junction and Scofield. Pleasant Valley Junction quickly grew to include a store, hotel, and five saloons.

In addition to the railroad, the mining and milling of ozokerite was important in the local economy. Sometime just before 1898 the town was renamed Colton[2] in honor of railroad official William F. Colton. Two years later in 1900 the Scofield mine disaster dealt the entire area a serious blow, but Colton survived. In 1915 Colton nearly experienced a second boom when the railroad considered forming a division point here, but they eventually chose Soldier Summit instead. Colton stayed a fairly busy railroad town—in fact, the town burned and was rebuilt three times. When the introduction of diesel locomotives began to eliminate the need for helper engines to push trains over the Summit, Colton rapidly declined. By the 1950s most of the railroad operations were stopped and the buildings removed.

History

UTAH MK50-3 Soldier Summit

Utah Railway train passing Colton, June 2010

The site was first settled in 1883 under the name of Pleasant Valley Junction, where the Pleasant Valley Railroad connected the mining town of Winter Quarters, 20 miles (32 km) to the south, to the Rio Grande line. This line was soon abandoned, replaced by a Rio Grande branch along a much easier grade between Pleasant Valley Junction and Scofield. Pleasant Valley Junction quickly grew to include a store, hotel, and five saloons. In addition to the railroad, the mining and milling of ozokerite was important in the local economy. Sometime just before 1898 the town was renamed Colton in honor of railroad official William F. Colton. Two years later in 1900 the Scofield mine disaster dealt the entire area a serious blow, but Colton survived.

In 1915 Colton nearly experienced a second boom when the railroad considered forming a division point here, but they eventually chose Soldier Summit instead. Colton stayed a fairly busy railroad town—in fact, the town burned and was rebuilt three times. When the introduction of diesel locomotives began to eliminate the need for helper engines to push trains over the Summit, Colton rapidly declined. By the 1950s most of the railroad operations were stopped and the buildings removed.

The most noticeable remnant of Colton is the Hilltop Country Store, which was moved up to the highway in 1937 and is still in business. A few intact buildings and ruins are still found in the townsite itself.

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  1. Photo of 22262 E ELK MEADOW DR, Spanish Fork, UT 84660 (MLS # 1687203)

    $874,774

    Photo of 22262 E ELK MEADOW DR, Spanish Fork, UT 84660 (MLS # 1687203)
    Photo of 22262 E ELK MEADOW DR, Spanish Fork, UT 84660 (MLS # 1687203)

    22262 E ELK MEADOW DR, Spanish Fork, UT
    22262 E ELK MEADOW DR
    Spanish Fork, UT

    • 4 Beds
    • 4 Baths
    • 4,234 Home (sqft)
    • 4 Baths
    • 7.13 Lot (ac)
    Listing provided by Heritage Partners Real Estate, LLC.

  2. Photo of 123 ASPEN COVE DR. #123, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1682683)

    $69,900

    Photo of 123 ASPEN COVE DR. #123, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1682683)
    Photo of 123 ASPEN COVE DR. #123, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1682683)

    123 ASPEN COVE DR. #123, Scofield, UT
    123 ASPEN COVE DR. #123
    Scofield, UT

    • 0 Beds
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    • 0 Home (sqft)
    • 0 Baths
    • 8.63 Lot (ac)
    Listing provided by Unite Real Estate

  3. Photo of 59 ASPEN COVE DR #59, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1679245)

    $59,900

    Photo of 59 ASPEN COVE DR #59, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1679245)
    Photo of 59 ASPEN COVE DR #59, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1679245)

    59 ASPEN COVE DR #59, Scofield, UT
    59 ASPEN COVE DR #59
    Scofield, UT

    • 0 Beds
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    • 0 Home (sqft)
    • 0 Baths
    • 3.58 Lot (ac)
    Listing provided by Century 21 Harman Realty

  4. Photo of 15120 E ELK MEADOWS DR N #O33, Fairview, UT 84629 (MLS # 1658379)

    $21,500

    Photo of 15120 E ELK MEADOWS DR N #O33, Fairview, UT 84629 (MLS # 1658379)
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    15120 E ELK MEADOWS DR N #O33, Fairview, UT
    15120 E ELK MEADOWS DR N #O33
    Fairview, UT

    • 0 Beds
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    • 0 Home (sqft)
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    • 35,284 Lot (sqft)
    Listing provided by Country Home Realty

  5. Photo of 129 ASPEN COVE DR #129, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1640636)

    $79,000

    Photo of 129 ASPEN COVE DR #129, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1640636)
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    129 ASPEN COVE DR #129, Scofield, UT
    129 ASPEN COVE DR #129
    Scofield, UT

    • 0 Beds
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    • 5.15 Lot (ac)
    Listing provided by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Real Estate

  6. Photo of 126 ASPENCOVE DR #126, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1606516)

    $69,995

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    Photo of 126 ASPENCOVE DR #126, Scofield, UT 84526 (MLS # 1606516)

    126 ASPENCOVE DR #126, Scofield, UT
    126 ASPENCOVE DR #126
    Scofield, UT

    • 0 Beds
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    • 9.13 Lot (ac)
    Listing provided by Top Equity Realty

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