Lund, Utah

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Lund
Unincorporated community
Lund is located in Utah
Lund
Lund
Location of Lund in Utah
Coordinates: 38°00′27″N 113°25′54″W / 38.00750°N 113.43167°W / 38.00750; -113.43167Coordinates: 38°00′27″N 113°25′54″W / 38.00750°N 113.43167°W / 38.00750; -113.43167
Country United States
State Utah
County Iron
Founded 1898
Named for Robert C. Lund
Elevation[1] 5,085 ft (1,550 m)
GNIS feature ID 1430015[1]

Lund is a small unincorporated village located in the Escalante Valley of northwestern Iron County, Utah, United States, about 35 miles northwest of Cedar City. The town, established in the early twentieth century, was a station stop on the Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad (later Union Pacific Railroad), and was a community center for early twentieth century homesteaders. The area's population was never large, however, and most early settlers were unsuccessful due to the region's harsh and arid climate.

History[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 24
1920 148 516.7%
1930 191 29.1%
1940 118 −38.2%
1950 42 −64.4%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau[2]

Settlement activity in the Lund area began with the completion of the railway line through the Escalante Valley in the winter of 1898–99, but Lund's population remained extremely small until 1911, when the valley was opened to homestead settlement. The Lund townsite was platted in 1913, beginning a decade of relative activity at the location. The town was named for Robert C. Lund, who was a Utah State legislator, local mine owner, and a director of the Union Pacific Railroad.[3] A population decline began in the 1920s, however, due to the failure of most of the homestead-era farms. Lund's most dramatic event was in February 1922, when a freak flood struck the desert valley and partially inundated the town.

Lund gained importance as a railroad junction in 1923, when the Union Pacific constructed a branch line from Lund to Cedar City. The branch was constructed in part to encourage travel to southern Utah's National Parks, and carried passenger trains during the summer months until 1960. At other times, passengers bound for Cedar City would board a railway-operated connecting bus at Lund, which followed State Route 19 (Lund Highway). As part of this construction program, the railroad erected what was the historic town's most prominent building, a stately depot designed by noted architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood. The last passenger trains stopped in Lund in 1969, and the depot building was razed the following year, marking the end of the town's railway prominence.

A post office operated at Lund from 1901 to 1967.[4] Its closure reflected years of gradual population decline in the area, and only a handful of people live in the Lund vicinity today.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lund
  2. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved November 4, 2011. 
  3. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press. p. 237. ISBN 0-87480-345-4. 
  4. ^ "Iron County, Utah". postalhistory.com. 

References[edit]

  • Seegmiller, Janet Burton. A History of Iron County: Community Above Self. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society, 1998. ISBN 0-913738-19-0.

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