Blacks Fork, Utah

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This article is about a ghost town in Utah. For the river of the same name, see Blacks Fork.
Blacks Fork
Ghost town
Blacks Fork is located in Utah
Blacks Fork
Blacks Fork
Location of Blacks Fork in Utah
Coordinates: 40°58′17″N 110°35′14″W / 40.97139°N 110.58722°W / 40.97139; -110.58722Coordinates: 40°58′17″N 110°35′14″W / 40.97139°N 110.58722°W / 40.97139; -110.58722
Country United States
State Utah
County Summit
Founded 1870
Abandoned 1930
Named for Blacks Fork
Elevation[1] 8,848 ft (2,697 m)
GNIS feature ID 1444064[1]

Blacks Fork, also known as Blacks Fork Commissary, is a ghost town in Summit County, Utah, United States. Named for the Blacks Fork River, it was a logging town that operated from 1870 to 1930.[2][3]

History[edit]

Blacks Fork was established in 1870 as a logging camp that supplied lumber to the railroad and mining industries. A large barn was erected near the center of the town, and several businesses and homes were built around the barn.[2] Tradition says that the town also served as a military commissary during the early part of its history,[4] but Utah ghost towns researcher Stephen Carr concluded that "...this suggestion is very unlikely," citing the camp's remote location and harsh climate, as well as the fact that an army post called "Blacks Fork" already existed near Bryan, Wyoming. The population peaked at about 100,[2] but the town was soon abandoned.[4] Remaining are the barn, a post office, and a few homes.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Old Blacks Fork Commissary
  2. ^ a b c d Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-914740-30-8. 
  3. ^ Huegel, Tony (2007). Utah Byways: 65 of Utah's Best Backcountry Drives. Berkeley, California: Wilderness Press. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-89997-424-8. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. p. 38. ISBN 978-0-87480-345-7. Retrieved June 23, 2011.