Dover, Utah

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Dover
Ghost town
Dover is located in Utah
Dover
Dover
Location of Dover in Utah
Coordinates: 39°12′27″N 111°53′46″W / 39.20750°N 111.89611°W / 39.20750; -111.89611Coordinates: 39°12′27″N 111°53′46″W / 39.20750°N 111.89611°W / 39.20750; -111.89611
Country United States
State Utah
County Sanpete
Founded 1877
Abandoned 1930s
Founded by William Robinson
Named for Dover

Dover is a ghost town located in Sanpete County, Utah, United States. The site lies west of Fayette across the Sevier River.

History[edit]

The land was first settled in 1877–1878 by 45 families led by William Robinson. They found the soil was good, but water somewhat scarce. By 1879 they had a schoolhouse, also used for church and civic functions, and a post office, which operated until 1895. There were also two general stores, where residents typically paid for goods in kind with eggs.[1]

When Utah Territory achieved statehood on January 4, 1896, Dover's celebrations took a tragic turn. They had no cannon to fire, instead exploding some dynamite with a well-driving hammer.[2] The hammer, which had been through many such celebrations before,[1] blew apart, injuring several people.[2]

In the years 1910–1916, irrigation companies in Millard County dammed the Sevier River some distance to the north.[3] The resulting reservoir, now known as Yuba Reservoir, covered parts of Dover's farmland, driving out some of the residents.[2] A severe drought in the 1930s finished off the town; a few houses were moved, and most of the others were later torn down.[1] Nothing remains but some foundations and fallen buildings, and a memorial cemetery.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [June 1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns (3rd ed.). Salt Lake City: Western Epics. p. 101. ISBN 0-914740-30-X. 
  2. ^ a b c Antrei, Albert C.T.; Roberts, Allen D. (January 1999). A History of Sanpete County (PDF). Utah Centennial County History Series. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Historical Society. pp. 364–365. ISBN 0-913738-42-5. Retrieved July 16, 2012. 
  3. ^ Antrei, p.372.
  4. ^ "Cemetery Database". Utah State History. Utah Department of Community and Culture. Retrieved October 20, 2009. 

External links[edit]

  • Dover at GhostTowns.com