Promontory, Utah

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Quick History

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Promontory is a class 2 railroad ghost town in Box Elder County that has never had permanent residents. It was a construction camp tent town. Promontory is notable as the location of Promontory Summit where the United States' Transcontinental Railroad was officially completed on May 10, 1869. Promontory served as the terminus for both the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads handling many tons of freight and transferring passengers. For several weeks Promontory continued to be a town of tents and crude shacks. A group of shady characters followed these camps, when the camps disbanded so did the following entourage. But, unlike many of these camps on wheels, Promontory didn't became the site of a permanent city. [1] Promontory Summit remained in use for 35 years. [2] [3]

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  • GPS Location: 41.6179818, -112.5505266


Neighboring Communities

Park Valley | Snowville |Bear River City | Corinne | Deweyville | Fielding | Garland

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Sources and Footnotes

  1. Golden Spike History
  2. The promontory of northwestern Box Elder Book: FHL 979.242 H2bo
  3. History of Promontory
  4. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  5. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg