When in Scipio this place is hard to pass up, it’s perfect for snapping a few photos. The old vintage gas pumps and the fading ghost signs and ads.
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Scipio was settled in 1859. The town is in oval-shaped Round Valley, thirty-seven miles south/southwest of Nephi, at the junction of I-15 and US-50. Early names included Round Valley and Craball. Then, in 1861, it was named for an early settler, Scipio Kenner. A Fort Scipio also existed here at one time. The nearest town ca. 15 miles southwest of Scipio on I-15 is Holden. About 30 miles south/southeast are the towns of Redmond, Salina and Aurora. About half-way between Scipio and Salina is Lake Scipio on the west side of US-50. The lake has been drawn down for several years. Probably no fish left. Used to be a great largemouth bass fishery. To the east lie the Valley Mountains with the highest peak reaching around 8,189′ (2,496 meters). To the south lie the Pahvant Mountains which rise above 10,000′
There are several nice pioneer style homes found throughout the town. Several houses are found on the National Register of Historic Places. They include: the Peter Quarnberg House, the Merien and Rosabelle Robins House, the Thuesen-Petersen House and the Pharo Village (a Fremont site) south of Scipio. Also on the Historic Register is the Town Hall built in 1935 which includes a museum for the D.U.P. and a Senior Citizens Center. The Scipio Town Hall was intended for use as a town hall and as a meeting place for all civic and political functions in the community.
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In 1860 thirteen Latter-day Saint families settled Round Valley. Brigham Young visited them in May, 1863, and advised, because of Indians, they move their settlement away from the mountain area. He accompanied the men to the center of the valley, laid out the townsite, designated the location for a public square and center of town, and named it Scipio. A log room was built, which served for church, school, and public meetings. In 1869 an L.D.S. ward was organized with Daniel Thompson as first Bishop. The bell on top of this monument was used to call the people together.