Ghost Town: Colton, Utah County, Utah

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  1. cruiseroutfit

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    Site: Colton
    Alternate Names: Pleasant Valley Junction (1880's - 1890's), New Colton & Old Colton
    County, State: Utah County, Utah
    Years of Occupation: 1883 - 1950's
    Status of Site: Mix of private and public
    Classification: Class 3 - Abandoned Town
    Type: Railroad
    Remnants: Original standing general store & many foundations
    GPS Coordinate:
    Historic Site: 39.848° N 111.011° W
    Current Site site: 39.849° N 111.008° W
    NRHP Reference#: N/A
    Date of Last Visit: 2/8/2015

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    Pleasant Valley Junction began in the late 1880's when the Rio Grand Rail Road extended the main line from Tucker over the summit into Carbon County. A round house was built and a branch line was extended to the Pleasant Valley Coal Camps. All the coal shipped from Pleasant Valley used this new route. The area was re-name Colton in the late 1890's and was important as a railhead for livestock shipment, general freight and a thriving ice industry. Another part of Colton's economy was the mining & milling of Ozokerite, a mineral wax found only here and in Austria...
    (Source: Matt Warner Chapter, E Clampus Vitus)

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    Further Reading:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colton,_Utah
    http://www.legendsofamerica.com/ut-colton.html

    Directions to Get There:
    Colton is located along US-6 in Utah County (see GPS coordinate)

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    "The store... was moved from the original townsite... which was 1/2 mile south... in 1936" (Source: Matt Warner Chapter, E Clampus Vitus) Picture courtesy of BYU Collection.

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    Current store location at the modern (north) site, note the identical central building as the above picture.

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    Building ruins at original (south) site

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    Broken glass, ceramics and pottery cover the ground of the original (south) town site.
     
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    Very interesting, thanks
     
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    I have never been inside that store. It's never been open when I've been driving through.
     
  4. cruiseroutfit

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    It has had "closed for remodeling" on the windows for a few years. I have been inside, ~10? years ago to purchase a Coke.
     

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