Ghost Town Wednesday: Soldier Summit, Utah

SoldierSummitCabinsToday’s ghost town was both the name of a Wasatch Mountain pass in Utah and the town which was founded at the top of the pass early in the twentieth century.  In 1776 the area was discovered by Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante, Franciscan priests, who trekked through the area on their way to present-day California.

The name Soldier Summit originated in 1861 when a group of soldiers commanded by General Philip St. George Cooke crossed the pass on their way to join the Confederate Army.  Caught in a snow storm in July of 1861, some of them died and were buried on the summit.

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  1. Nice storyline.. I would like to hike the area now, after reading your article. Thank you!

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    • Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I very much like your story. Thank you very much!

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    • You are so welcome … thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Hello! Why the station was named Detour?

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  4. Do you know of any more odd history of Wasatch county? I’m doing a report and would like to include some little known history.

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