Ghost Town: Victor

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  1. cruiseroutfit

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    Site: Victor
    Alternate Names: N/A
    County, State: Emery, Utah
    Years of Occupation: 1910-1920
    Status of Site: Partially Open
    Classification: Class 2 - Neglected Town
    Type: Agriculture/Ranching
    Remnants: Several dilapidated buildings, foundations and a well kept cemetery.
    GPS Coordinate: 39.401531° N 110.715538° W (Town Area)
    GPS Coordinate: 39.383218° N 110.746910° W (Cemetery)
    NRHP Reference#: N/A
    Date of Last Visit: March 27th, 2017

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    Victor was established in 1910, when a burst dam treated the soil near Desert Lake with alkaline water, preventing farming. Residents of Desert Lake, a town located near the lake, had to relocate to a more fertile area in order to continue farming. They chose a spot 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Elmo. The town was soon named Victor. Homes and a schoolhouse were built in town. Farming was more difficult at Victor, because the area was much drier than Desert Lake. Sand dunes located near the town were often blown by wind onto farmland and the surrounding buildings. In 1920, the continuous lack of rain caused the residents of Victor to leave. The schoolhouse and a couple of foundations remain in the town site. Source: Wikipedia

    Access to the townsite is limited due to private property. However access to the cemetery completely open.

    Further Reading:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor,_Utah
    http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ut/victor.html
    http://www.onlineutah.com/victorhistory.shtml

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    Town site from road

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    Cemetery

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    Cemetery

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    Victor town site via Google Earth

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    Victor Cemetery via Google Earth
     
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  2. SteveJackson

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    I stopped by here on my way home 5/13/17. The town site can be accessed by a "jeep trail" that travels around the back side of town. I didn't have time to check it out, but I saw someone parked down there. Here are a few photos from the cemetery.
     

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    And a few more...
     

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    Wow! A burial in 2016, I take it that wasn't in the historical cemetery?
     
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    It was. I wonder if they put up the "historical cemetery" sign after that burial to deter further use? Notice one of the headstones is already there with a birth date, so at least one more person is planning to be buried there.
     
  6. cruiseroutfit

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    The sign at the cemetery says there are no new burial plots available, i.e. family plots will still be honored but nothing more.
     

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