Washakie, Utah

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United States Gotoarrow.png Utah Gotoarrow.png Box Elder Gotoarrow.png Washakie

Quick History

Washakie is a agricultural class 2 ghost town in the center of a small Shoshone Indian reservation on the Malad River, south of Portage in Box Elder County. Named for Shoshone Chief Washakie who was on friendly terms with his Mormon neighbors. Washakie requested farming and stock-raising techniques [1] from the Mormons and missionaries were sent train them in these procedures. [2]

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  • GPS Location: latitude 41.944 and longitude -112.217 [3]


Neighboring Communities

Snowville | Portage | Bear River



  • Portage Cemetery records years 1872-Nov., 1986 [5] Includes a private cemetery east of Washakie, Utah.

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Church Records

LDS Chapel in Washakie

The 20th century census of the Washakie Ward, Malad Stake, Idaho

  • Washakie Ward, Malad Stake, record of members (record of Indians) before 1900 [6]

The Form E includes reports from the Malad Stake. Washakie Ward was a local unit of the Box Elder, Oneida, and Malad Stakes.

  • Record of members,1880-1941; annual genealogical report, Form E, 1907-1948 [7]
  • Form E 1907-1948 [8]
  • Record of members 1891-1909 [9]

Historical Newspapers

Vital Records




  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records.  Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.  A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.  For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.

Suggested Reading

  • Indian Town, Utah : A pre-Washakie settlement [10]
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [11]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [12]


Sources and Footnotes

  1. Washakie letters
  2. Washakie History
  3. Hometown locator
  4. Madsen, Bingham D.; The Northern Shoshoni WorldCat 7260582
  5. Portage Cemetery records years 1872-Nov., 1986 Book FHL 979.242/P1 V3
  6. Book FHL 979.242/P1 K2w and film FHL 599816 Item 2
  7. Film FHL 27406 Items 1-2
  8. FHL 27406 Item 3
  9. FHL 179951 Item 5
  10. Hunsaker, Kenneth Dean; Indian Town, Utah : A pre-Washakie settlement WorldCat 20126831
  11. 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.
  12. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg