Tucker is a ghost town located in Utah County, Utah, 7 miles (11 km) below Soldier Summit on U.S. Route 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon. It was once an important loading point and construction camp on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. After the town was abandoned, the state of Utah used the town site for a rest area. In 2009, the site was buried as part of a project to re-align a portion of US-6's western approach to Soldier Summit. To honor the town, the state of Utah built a replacement about 2 miles (3.2 km) downstream from Tucker, called the Tie Fork Rest Area. This rest area, which is designed to mimic an early 1900s era train depot and roundhouse, was voted one of the most beautiful buildings in Utah in a contest sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.
Tucker came to an end in 1913, when the railroad re-aligned the tracks to reduce the grade up to Soldier Summit from a dangerous 4% grade, to a more manageable 2.0%. With the new alignment, the branch to Scofield was completely re-routed to branch from the main near Colton. The new alignment bypassed and abandoned the town of Tucker and an area called Gilluly, although the new alignment was often called the Gilluly loops or Gilluly horseshoe curves, due to the circuitous route it took up the hill. The railroad filled in much of the location to lift the road bed far above the valley floor. All the buildings are gone, and even most of the old railroad grade is covered by the fill. When U.S. Route 50, the predecessor of the modern U.S. Route 6, was paved in the 1920s, the old railroad alignment was used for the highway. In 1969, the state used the site of the town to build a rest area. Aside from a plaque at the facility, there was no sign that the roadside rest stop sat on top of a ghost town.
The replacement Tie Fork Rest Area is built in a railroad theme to honor the town of Tucker
The town of Tucker was located near a sharp curve at the bottom of a 5% grade along US-6. In 2009, the Utah Department of Transportation closed and buried the Tucker rest area to build a safer alignment, with a banked curve and reduced grade. In 2010, the department dedicated a replacement rest area about 2 miles (3.2 km) downstream from Tucker. The structure was named the Tie Fork Rest Area after the side canyon where it was located. The replacement rest area was designed to mimic an early 1900s era train depot to honor the town, including a replica roundhouse and non-functional steam locomotive. The rest area was voted one of the most beautiful buildings in the state of Utah in a contest sponsored by the American Institute of Architects.