Jackson, Utah

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Jackson, Utah
Ghost town
Jackson is located in Utah
Jackson is located in the US
Location within the state of Utah
Coordinates: 41°19′00″N 113°38′34″W / 41.31667°N 113.64278°W / 41.31667; -113.64278Coordinates: 41°19′00″N 113°38′34″W / 41.31667°N 113.64278°W / 41.31667; -113.64278
Country United States
State Utah
County Box Elder
Time zone Mountain (MST) (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
GNIS feature ID 1437987[1]

Jackson is a ghost town in the western desert of Box Elder County, Utah, United States.[1] It lay on the western end of the Lucin Cutoff, just west of the Great Salt Lake. Jackson was never much more than a railroad siding, named by the railroad for a prospector who operated a mine in the area.[2] On February 20, 1904, during a collision between two Southern Pacific trains, a carload of dynamite exploded, wrecking everything within a half a mile radius, including the majority of lives within the town of 45.[3] The effects are credited to concussion, although officials at the time were surprised by the disaster's magnitude.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Jackson, Utah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. p. 203. ISBN 0-87480-345-4. 
  3. ^ "Dynamite Wrecks Town" (PDF). The New York Times. February 21, 1904. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Explosion Destroys Town". Fort Wayne News. February 20, 1904. Retrieved June 29, 2009.