Elsinore, Utah

Coordinates: 38°41′4″N 112°8′51″W / 38.68444°N 112.14750°W / 38.68444; -112.14750
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Elsinore, Utah
Elsinore's old White Rock Schoolhouse
Elsinore's old White Rock Schoolhouse
Little Denmark
Location in Sevier County and the state of Utah.
Location in Sevier County and the state of Utah.
Coordinates: 38°41′4″N 112°8′51″W / 38.68444°N 112.14750°W / 38.68444; -112.14750[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forElsinore
 • Total1.33 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Land1.33 sq mi (3.46 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
5,351 ft (1,631 m)
 • Total847
 • Estimate 
 • Density660.67/sq mi (255.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP code
Area code435
FIPS code49-22650[4]
GNIS feature ID1440921[5]

Elsinore is a town in Sevier County, Utah, United States. The population was 847 at the 2010 census.


The community was first settled in the spring of 1874 by James C. Jensen, Jens Iver Jensen, and others. The area was settled by Danish converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and named after Kronborg Castle, known as Elsinore in Hamlet.[6][7] Helsingør, the city where Kronborg Castle is located, is classically known as Elsinore as well.

The first passenger train arrived on 21 July 1896 from the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad.

Elsinore was home to a Utah-Idaho Sugar Company factory for processing sugar beets into sugar from 1911 to 1929, but was closed due to a sugar beet blight.[6]

On September 29 and October 1, 1921, Elsinore was hit by a series of magnitude six earthquakes.[8] Some buildings were damaged, and residents were frightened from their homes, but no deaths were reported.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 km2), all land.


Historical population
2019 (est.)882[3]4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 733 people, 261 households, and 196 families residing in the town. The population density was 581.8 people per square mile (224.6/km2). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 227.8 per square mile (87.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.50% White, 0.14% African American, 1.36% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.95% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.59% of the population.

There were 261 households, out of which 40.6% had children under 18 living with them, 59.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.9% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.81, and the average family size was 3.33.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 33.4% under 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 23.2% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.9 males. For every 100 females aged 18 and over, there were 85.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,917, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $30,208 versus $16,705 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,523. About 16.2% of families and 20.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those aged 65 or over.


In 1980, 10-year-old Jason Hardman petitioned Elsinore's mayor for permission to open a library. The library was initially set up in the basement of the town's public school (the historic town hall building), with 1,000 books. Hardman became the librarian, making him the youngest librarian in the United States. By 1982, the library had 10,000 volumes, largely from donations. By 1985, it had 17,000 volumes.[10]

Staples Art Center[edit]

The town also has a small art gallery and gift shop to support area artists. One of the founding members, Sue Ann Staples Brady, named it for her great-great-grandfather, George Staples, whose work with Native American tribes was instrumental in its founding.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Arrington, Leonard J. (1966). Beet sugar in the West; a history of the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, 1891-1966. University of Washington Press. pp. 73–75. OCLC 234150.
  7. ^ Van Atta, Dale (January 22, 1977). "You name it - there's a town for it". The Deseret News. p. 15. Retrieved October 18, 2015.
  8. ^ dePolo, Craig M. (April 1994). "The Maximum Background Earthquake for the Basin and Range Province, Western North America" (PDF). Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. 84 (2): 466–472. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Noyce, David (July 31, 2005). "Sevier County's down-home residents give it a unique character". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved April 29, 2014.

External links[edit]

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