Castleton, Utah

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Ghost town
Castleton is located in Utah
Castleton is located in the US
Location of Castleton in Utah
Coordinates: 38°36′12″N 109°19′4″W / 38.60333°N 109.31778°W / 38.60333; -109.31778Coordinates: 38°36′12″N 109°19′4″W / 38.60333°N 109.31778°W / 38.60333; -109.31778
Country United States
State Utah
County Grand
Established c. 1880
Vacated 1967
Elevation[1] 5,896 ft (1,797 m)
GNIS feature ID 1439525[1]

Castleton is a ghost town located on the La Sal Mountain Loop Road some 18 miles (29 km) northeast of Moab in Grand County, Utah, United States. The nearest inhabited town is Castle Valley.


A short-lived gold placer mining camp existed here in the 1860s,[2] but the area was first settled by a prospector named Doby Brown in the late 1870s or early 1880s. By 1882 enough settlers had gathered to establish a post office.[3] In 1888 when a local gold rush began at nearby Miners Basin, Castleton became important as a supply town.[2] It had a general store, hotel, two saloons, and several other businesses. At its peak in 1895, the population exceeded that of Moab.[4] In fact, when Grand County was organized in 1890, Castleton vied with Moab for the chance to be county seat.[5]

The Panic of 1907 closed down the area's mines, and soon ranchers were Castleton's only residents.[2] By 1910 the businesses were gone, leaving only the post office, and the population had dropped to 50.[4] In 1930 there were six residents.[5] A few people stayed in the dead town for decades, but in 1967 the county commission officially vacated Castleton as an occupied town.[6]


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Castleton has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[7]


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Castleton
  2. ^ a b c Thompson, George A. (November 1982). Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures. Salt Lake City, Utah: Dream Garden Press. p. 122. ISBN 0-942688-01-5. 
  3. ^ Firmage, Richard A. (January 1996). A History of Grand County (PDF). Utah Centennial County History Series. Salt Lake City, Utah: Utah State Historical Society. p. 137. ISBN 0-913738-03-4. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [June 1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns (3rd ed.). Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics. p. 155. ISBN 0-914740-30-X. 
  5. ^ a b Firmage, p.267.
  6. ^ Firmage, p.350.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Castleton, Utah