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''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Utah|Utah]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Box Elder County, Utah |Box Elder]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Kelton'''
 
''[[United States|United States]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Utah|Utah]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]] [[Box Elder County, Utah |Box Elder]] [[Image:Gotoarrow.png]]'' '''Kelton'''
 
== Quick History  ==
 
== Quick History  ==
Kelton is a ghost town, just north of the Great Salt Lake, in the Park Valley area of [[Box Elder County, Utah|Box Elder County]]. Also known at Indian Creek, it was the center for stage coach and freight lines running between Utah and into Idaho and Oregon. <ref> 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}}. </ref> The town was inhabited during the period 1869–1942. A large [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_American_history#Transcontinental_railroad Chinese population] lived in Kelton and with the completion of the railroad a few stayed. Once an important section station on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad First Transcontinental Railroad], Kelton was dependent on the railroad and the stage coach routes. There were weekly, if not daily, hold-ups on the stage coach. The town suffered serious setbacks in the 1880s when its busy stagecoach route to Boise, Idaho was discontinued, and in the 1903 when the Lucin Cutoff left it off the main rail line. The strongest earthquake in Utah history caused severe damage in 1934, but Kelton didn't actually cease to exist until the rails were completely removed in in 1942 during World War II. <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelton,_Utah Wikipedia] </ref>
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Kelton is a [[Utah Ghost Towns#How To Classify Ghost Towns|class 3]] ghost town, just north of the Great Salt Lake, in the Park Valley area of [[Box Elder County, Utah|Box Elder County]]. Also known at Indian Creek, it was the center for stage coach and freight lines running between Utah and into Idaho and Oregon. <ref> 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}}. </ref> The town was inhabited during the period 1869–1942. A large [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_American_history#Transcontinental_railroad Chinese population] lived in Kelton and with the completion of the railroad a few stayed. Once an important section station on the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Transcontinental_Railroad First Transcontinental Railroad], Kelton was dependent on the railroad and the stage coach routes.
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At it's peek, Kelton had the population of 700. There were weekly, if not daily, hold-ups on the stage coach. The town suffered serious setbacks in the 1880s when its busy stagecoach route to Boise, Idaho was discontinued, and in the 1903 when the Lucin Cutoff left it off the main rail line. The strongest earthquake in Utah history caused severe damage in 1934, but Kelton didn't actually cease to exist until the rails were completely removed in in 1942 during World War II. <ref>[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelton,_Utah Wikipedia] </ref>
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{{Wikipedia|Kelton, Utah}}
 
*[http://www.prospector-utah.com/kelton.htm Kelton History and genealogies]
 
*[http://www.prospector-utah.com/kelton.htm Kelton History and genealogies]
 
*[http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/blm/ut/8/sec2d.htm Kelton History]
 
*[http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/blm/ut/8/sec2d.htm Kelton History]
  
 
==Location==
 
==Location==
 
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*GPS Location: 41° 44′ 46″ N, 113° 6′ 23″ W [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Frisco,%20Utah Google]
*GPS Location: [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Frisco,%20Utah Google]  
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===Maps===
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*[http://www.livgenmi.com/1895/UT/County/boxelder.htm 1895 Map of Box Elder County]
 
==Time Line==
 
==Time Line==
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*1869: Established
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*1903: Population decreased when Lucin was settled
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*1936: Shipping center with population of 47
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*1942: Railroad tracks removed for WWII war effort
 
===Neighboring Communities===
 
===Neighboring Communities===
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[[Snowville, Utah|Snowville]]
  
 
===Biographies===
 
===Biographies===
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*[http://www.prospector-utah.com/kelton.htm Burial Transcriptions]
 
*[http://www.prospector-utah.com/kelton.htm Burial Transcriptions]
 
Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.
 
Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.
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*[[Box Elder County, Utah Cemeteries|Box Elder County Cemeteries]]
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemeteries.php Box Elder Utah Gravestone Photo Project]  
 
*[http://www.utahgravestones.org/cemeteries.php Box Elder Utah Gravestone Photo Project]  
*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&CRid=109209&CScnty=2774& Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=csr&CScn=&CScntry=4&CSst=47&CScnty=2775  Findagrave.com]
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*[http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/blm/ut/8/images/fig57.jpg Picture of Kelton Cemetery]
  
 
===Church Records===
 
===Church Records===
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*'''''Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -'''''A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search Historical Records].&nbsp; Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.&nbsp; A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as&nbsp;the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.&nbsp; For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the [http://history.utah.gov/burials/execute/searchburials Utah State Burial Index].
 
*'''''Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -'''''A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the [https://www.familysearch.org/ Family Search Historical Records].&nbsp; Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.&nbsp; A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as&nbsp;the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.&nbsp; For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the [http://history.utah.gov/burials/execute/searchburials Utah State Burial Index].
 
=====Obituaries=====
 
=====Obituaries=====
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==Suggested Reading==
 
==Suggested Reading==
 
*''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' <ref> 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}}. </ref>
 
*''The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns.'' <ref> 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}}. </ref>
 
*''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' <ref>Thompson, George A; ''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' {{WorldCat|9202286}} {{FHL|979.2 H2tg}}</ref>
 
*''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' <ref>Thompson, George A; ''Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures'' {{WorldCat|9202286}} {{FHL|979.2 H2tg}}</ref>
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*''Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada <ref> Hall, Shawn; ''Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada'' {{WorldCat|50926294}} </ref>
  
 
==Websites==
 
==Websites==
 
*[http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ut/kelton.html Kelton Ghost Town]
 
*[http://www.ghosttowns.com/states/ut/kelton.html Kelton Ghost Town]
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/keltonhistory.shtml Kelton Online Utah]
 
*[http://www.onlineutah.com/keltonhistory.shtml Kelton Online Utah]
*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kelton,_Utah Wikipedia]  
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*[http://history.utah.gov/apps/markers/detailed_results.php?markerid=1210 Kelton Markers]
 
*[[Utah Ghost Towns|Utah Ghost Towns]]
 
*[[Utah Ghost Towns|Utah Ghost Towns]]
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*[[China Emigration and Immigration|China Emigration and Immigration]]
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*[http://www.utahoutdooractivities.com/centralpacific.html Central Pacific Transcontinental RR Grade]
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*[[First Transcontinental Railroad|First Transcontinental Railroad]]
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==Sources and Footnotes==
 
==Sources and Footnotes==
 
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[[Category:Box Elder County, Utah]]
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[[Category:Box Elder County, Utah]][[Category:Ghost Towns]]

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

Quick History

Kelton is a class 3 ghost town, just north of the Great Salt Lake, in the Park Valley area of Box Elder County. Also known at Indian Creek, it was the center for stage coach and freight lines running between Utah and into Idaho and Oregon. [1] The town was inhabited during the period 1869–1942. A large Chinese population lived in Kelton and with the completion of the railroad a few stayed. Once an important section station on the First Transcontinental Railroad, Kelton was dependent on the railroad and the stage coach routes.

At it's peek, Kelton had the population of 700. There were weekly, if not daily, hold-ups on the stage coach. The town suffered serious setbacks in the 1880s when its busy stagecoach route to Boise, Idaho was discontinued, and in the 1903 when the Lucin Cutoff left it off the main rail line. The strongest earthquake in Utah history caused severe damage in 1934, but Kelton didn't actually cease to exist until the rails were completely removed in in 1942 during World War II. [2]

Wikipedia
Wikipedia has more about this subject: Kelton, Utah

Location

  • GPS Location: 41° 44′ 46″ N, 113° 6′ 23″ W Google

Maps

Time Line

  • 1869: Established
  • 1903: Population decreased when Lucin was settled
  • 1936: Shipping center with population of 47
  • 1942: Railroad tracks removed for WWII war effort

Neighboring Communities

Snowville

Biographies

Cemeteries

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Church Records

Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums and Libraries

Vital Records

Birth

Marriages

Death

  • 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.
Obituaries

Suggested Reading

  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [3]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [4]
  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [5]

Websites

Sources and Footnotes

  1. 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.
  2. Wikipedia
  3. 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.
  4. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  5. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294