Utah still has a number of current residents, it is all
ghost town today -- not the typical type, such
as the many mining
camps of the
West, with crumbling shacks and rusting
equipment laying all around; but rather, more like the many towns of
Route 66 that died when the highway was replaced by the interstate.
Though an exit still exists from I-70 into the town, it is a bit off
the interstate, and its old businesses are all closed.
began when E.W. Thompson, who lived near the springs, operated a
sawmill to the north, near the Book Cliffs. Soon a small community
grew up called Thompson Springs, made up of small-scale farmers,
sheepherders and cattlemen.
However, there was one ambitious man in the
area named Harry Ballard, an Englishman, who had plans of grandeur. A
successful sheep and cattleman, Ballard began to buy up much of the
property that surrounded Thompson Springs, and before long, owned a hotel,
store, saloon, a several homes in the small settlement.
Thompson Springs today appears a little like its owners
just got up and walked away, Kathy Weiser, April,