I always love seeing the railroad siding shacks in my travels, many times it is the only place to see the name of a place that used to actually be a town or something bigger than a shack along the tracks.
I was driving through Montello, Nevada and noticed a place where they had dumped a whole lot of these shacks along with a lot of other railroad equipment and of course stopped to document it.
In 1851 L.D.S. Church Apostle, Ezra Taft Benson, was authorized by President Brigham Young to develop a mill site at Twin Springs Creek to serve Mormon communities in Tooele County. In 1851 a sawmill commenced operating and in 1854 the Lee brothers, skilled pioneer artisans, were hired to build the mill. The mill’s large mortised timbers were hauled by team and wagon from the nearby Oquirrh Mountains.
In 1855 the millsite community became known as “Richville” and served as the County Seat until 1861, when Tooele City was designated.
In 1860 the “E.T. Benson Flour Mill” had one male employee and one run of millstones which produced 1,200 barrels of flour, 72,000 pounds of bran and 56,000 pounds of corn meal, together valued at $17,000. In the same year, Brigham Young acquired the mill, when E.T. Benson moved to Cache Valley.
By 1862, the mill was referred to as “Young and Rowberry’s,” Bishop John Rowberry being an early resident of the Milltown (Richville) area. The mill that year reportedly processed 200 bushels of wheat per day under a 250 horsepower capacity.
In 1922, J. Reuben Clark, Jr. (A U.S. Ambassador to Mexico and later an apostle in the Mormon church) purchased the mill. Earlier it’s original wooden waterwheel and millstones had been replaced by metal turbine and imported free-standing “grain breakers.” After finally ceasing flour-milling operations in 1938, the mill was used several years for grinding animal feed.
A volunteer committee was organized in 1883 to acquire and restore the historic mill, which was donated by Terracor Corp. to Tooele County.
Listed on National Register in 1972.
Located in Stansbury Park, Utah
Stansbury Park is a city in Tooele County, near Tooele, Utah
Smelter and Garfield Junction are railroad sidings located near the Great Salt Lake.
The Garfield & Lake Point Resorts were nearby.
Located at 191 North Main St in Manti, Utah this is one of the oldest remaining city hall buildings in the state of Utah.
Designed by A.E. Merriam this building was constructed between 1873-1882. It is an excellent example of the Italianate style rarely found outside Salt Lake City. Fine Italianate details such as box-like massing, low-pitched hipped roof, columned portico and decorative bracketed eaves make it the only surviving example of the style in public structure in Sanpete County.
The plan has four equal size rooms on each floor, with a central passageway staircase. Under the stucco lies finely tooled limestone. It is hoped that the exterior will one day be restored to its historic appearance. The construction costs total about $1,100.
The building is now used as a Manti Museum, Social Hall, and office of Sanpete County Economic Development & Travel and Tourism and houses a visitor’s information center.
I stopped by to document the Allen’s Grocery store on 300 South in Provo, Utah.
Allen’s Super Save Market closed their doors for good in 2018 in several locations:
- Provo (this page)