Clear Creek, Utah

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Clear Creek, Utah
Clear Creek Summer Camp
Census-designated place
Location in Carbon County and the state of Utah.
Location in Carbon County and the state of Utah.
Location of Utah in the United States
Location of Utah in the United States
Coordinates: 39°38′40″N 111°09′45″W / 39.64444°N 111.16250°W / 39.64444; -111.16250Coordinates: 39°38′40″N 111°09′45″W / 39.64444°N 111.16250°W / 39.64444; -111.16250
Country United States
State Utah
County Carbon
Founded 1870s
Area
 • Total 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Land 0.20 sq mi (0.53 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation[1] 8,743 ft (2,665 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4
 • Density 20/sq mi (7.6/km2)
GNIS feature ID 2584759[1]

Clear Creek is a small census-designated place in Carbon County, Utah, United States. It is located at the south end of State Route 96 and the Pleasant Valley Branch of the Union Pacific Railroad (ex-D&RGW).

History[edit]

Clear Creek was founded in the 1870s as a logging camp that supplied lumber to the nearby mining town of Winter Quarters.[2] About twenty years after Clear Creek was founded, coal was discovered beneath the town and a mine was developed. In 1898, the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad built a spur line from Scofield to the mine at Clear Creek. Two years later, the Utah Fuel Company built 25 homes, a hotel, a store, a hospital, a schoolhouse, a workshop, and a water plant in the town.[2][3] From 1910-1920, 2,000 tons of coal was being mined per day, and Clear Creek had about 600 residents. In 1930, the need for coal began to decrease, and by 1955, the mine had cut production and the town's population had decreased to 150.[3] According to the 2010 Census, there were four people residing in town.[4]

The town is currently used as a recreation and camp area for various schools and programs, with cabins, a restroom and shower area, and a recreation and eating area.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for CLEAR CREEK, UTAH
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 31.2
(−0.4)
34.0
(1.1)
38.2
(3.4)
47.8
(8.8)
57.9
(14.4)
69.2
(20.7)
76.8
(24.9)
74.2
(23.4)
67.0
(19.4)
56.7
(13.7)
41.7
(5.4)
34.3
(1.3)
52.42
(11.34)
Average low °F (°C) 6.5
(−14.2)
8.2
(−13.2)
12.7
(−10.7)
21.7
(−5.7)
28.4
(−2)
35.0
(1.7)
41.8
(5.4)
40.7
(4.8)
33.7
(0.9)
26.7
(−2.9)
16.8
(−8.4)
9.3
(−12.6)
23.46
(−4.74)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.69
(68.3)
2.30
(58.4)
2.41
(61.2)
1.82
(46.2)
1.42
(36.1)
1.29
(32.8)
1.48
(37.6)
1.99
(50.5)
1.57
(39.9)
1.52
(38.6)
1.65
(41.9)
2.89
(73.4)
24.05
(610.9)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 46.2
(117.3)
36.7
(93.2)
42.1
(106.9)
23.0
(58.4)
8.7
(22.1)
0.7
(1.8)
0.1
(0.3)
0
(0)
1.7
(4.3)
8.3
(21.1)
25.0
(63.5)
43.3
(110)
237.3
(602.7)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center [5]

Clear Creek, Utah has an alpine subarctic climate ( Köppen climate classification 'Dfc' ) with enormous yearly snowfall in its long, cold winters due to its location in the Wasatch Range.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Clear Creek
  2. ^ a b "Clear Creek". Western Mining & Railroad Museum. Retrieved May 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics. p. 75. ISBN 978-0-914740-30-8. 
  4. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Clear Creek CDP, Utah". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "CLEAR CREEK, UTAH (421472)". Retrieved December 19, 2015. 

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