Ghost Town: Gold Hill, Utah

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  1. cruiseroutfit

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    Site: Gold Hill
    Alternate Names: N/A
    County, State: Tooele, Utah
    Years of Occupation: 1871-current
    Status of Site: Open
    Classification: Class 4 - Semi-Abandoned Town
    Type: Mining
    Remnants: Many buildings, foundations and remnants. Current population is under 20
    GPS Coordinate: 40.166389° N 113.830556° W
    NRHP Reference#: N/A
    Date of Last Visit: August 2nd, 2015

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    The Goodwin Mertcantile Company store. The Goodwin Mercantile Company incorporated November 1st, 1916 with 25,000 shares. For many years this was the hub of commerce during the the ups and downs of Gold Hill's mining activity. We are not certain when it was last open for business but we believe sometime in the 1950's. If you have any more info on the Goodwin Mercantile building in Gold Hill, please share!

    Gold Hill was settled in 1871, servicing the mines in the neighboring Deep Creek Mountains including those in the Clifton and Gold Hill Mining Districts. The mines were solid producers of gold, silver, lead, copper, silver, gold, tungsten and arsenic (which was utilized during the war effort).

    In 1917, following the recent World War I mining boom in the area, the Deep Creek Railroad connected Gold Hill with Wendover to the north. This allowed major shipments of ore and concentrates to the main rail lines and the Victory Highway (now Interstate 80) in Wendover. By 1939 shipments from the mines had severely slowed and the tracks were abandoned and salvaged shortly thereafter. Gold Hill would slip into another slow down until just a few years later when the World War II manufacturing boom would once again demand the minerals found in the neighboring hills.

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    My prized sign!

    The Lincoln Highway brought new transportation options to Gold Hill and modern tourism along the nearby historic Pony Express Trail wakes town a bit on the weekends. High gold prices in modern times have prompted renewed mining operations in the Gold Hill area and the Clifton area to the south. Half of the occupied homes in Gold Hill house those working for the Desert Hawk Gold Corp at the nearby Kiewit Mine.

    At its height, Gold Hill featured organized streets, food (Home Restaurant and Bakery), (lodging (Hillcrest Hotel), two lumber yards, several general stores (Goodwin Mercantile & the Bertelson's grocery & clothing store), saloons, a pool hall, the Gold Hill Pharmacy, the Liberty Garage, a US Post Office (operated from 1911-1949), an elementary school, a brothel and a newspaper (The Gold Hill Standard 1916-1919). Today many of the buildings are fallen or in major disrepair. Much of the land in and around Gold Hill is private property, please be respectful while exploring.

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    Further Reading:
    https://www.facebook.com/goldhillutah
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gold_Hill,_Utah
    http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ut/goldhill.html
    http://www.ripleysghosttowns.com/goldhillut.html
    http://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/goldhill.html
    http://poorlygradedgravel.blogspot.com/2010/02/ghost-town-tuesday-gold-hill-utah.html
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Creek_Railroad
    http://www.dezertmagazine.com/mine/1952DM02/index.html
    http://drakehokanson.squarespace.com/photographs-projects/lincoln-highway/7979262
    http://www.goldrushmining.co/ghm.html
    http://www.onlineutah.com/deep_creek_mountains_history_05.shtml
    http://ia600301.us.archive.org/10/i...35/UsgsPp177TheGoldHillMiningDistrictUtah.pdf

    Directions to Get There:
    From Wendover. Take US-93ALT south for 25.6 miles. Turn left onto Ibapah Rd for 16.4 miles. Turn left onto Upper Gold Hill Rd and continue for 11.6 miles, arrive at Gold Hill.
    From SLC (via Pony Express Trail). Take the Pony Express Trail 116 miles to Gold Hill (see GPS coordinates above)

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    Nice! Dig the sign too :cool:.

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    It was a total treasure find. I got a call to go check out a Land a Cruiser in the home of a gent that had passed a way. A family friend was helping to liquidate the home. Low and behold the Gold Hill sign was hanging on the wall and I offered her a few bucks for it.
     
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    ^^^. Score!
     
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    That sign is very cool.
     
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    Thanks. As best I can tell it dates from the 20's
     
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    I'm trying to remember where I have seen similar, years back, long gone now, of course. But I do have a dim, half formed memory of seeing those still in place, while out and about with my Dad as a youngster. Probably Lincoln or Wiess highways, but can't actually remember it that well.

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    This one would have been on the Lincoln Highway
     
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    Many (including myself) have been super curious about the odd enclosure at the north end of town. I've heard a handful of theories but I finally finally ready something pretty credible?

    "University of Utah did some animal studies there. They put wild elk in the enclosure and flew helicopters and jets over them to see there reactions. Installed vital signs monitors to see bad they were stressed."

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    How cool is this?
     

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    That is awesome, great find.
     
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    Waaaay cool!

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    We were all convinced the enclosure was to keep the large "rock formations" inside, since they're not really Rocks at all.
    That or it's a graboid pen.
     
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    Great pics!
     
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    Those rock :cool:

    May I share with the Gold Hill Facebook group?
     
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    Surely!
     
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