|Founded||Late 19th century|
|Named for||Lucina subanta|
|Elevation||4,478 ft (1,365 m)|
|GNIS feature ID||1437627|
Lucin (also known as Umbria Junction) is an abandoned railroad community in Box Elder County, Utah, United States, resettled by a single owner-resident, along the western side of the Great Salt Lake, 162 miles (261 km) northwest of Salt Lake City.
Lucin was founded in the late 19th century, about 10 miles (16 km) north of its current location, to provide a water stop for railroads to replenish their steam locomotives.
The town was moved in 1903 to serve as a stop for the Lucin Cutoff. Historically, the town’s population consisted mainly of employees of the Central and Southern Pacific Railroads. In 1936 the town was abandoned, and then resettled by a group of retired railroad workers and their children.
Except for the intermittent (more permanent since 2008) presence of Ivo, town owner and avid solitary explorer, and his IVOPROP Corp research and development activities, Lucin is a ghost town. As of 2016, the most prominent town features are a recent airplane hangar doubling as a residence and a workshop, an adjacent unpaved landing strip, along with several smaller, separate utility buildings (water, fuel, telecommunications, power).
Ivo (as Lucin's only resident prefers to be called), a former engineering student in Prague, made headlines in 1984 as an Eastern Bloc defector, when aged 24 he managed to escape the Iron Curtain by flying then silently gliding over the back-then heavily guarded Czechoslovak-Austrian border. He flew under night cover, avoiding radars, with a custom-built glider powered with a 600cc Trabant engine and propellers of his own design, and landed still undetected at Vienna International Airport. Originally re-settling in California, Ivo eventually sold his DIY plane to the Berlin Checkpoint Charlie Museum's unique collection of escape vehicles. Lucin, on the other hand, offers a practical test-ground, and hosts Ivo's newest flying inventions and other ingenious designs.
A description of what remains from the old town includes a pond fed by a pipe that brings water from the nearby Pilot Range, a group of trees in an otherwise barren desert, and various everyday items left by the former residents. There are no remaining buildings, but there are root cellars and two concrete phone booths.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lucin
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- Bethea, Jim. "The story behind the IVOPROP". ULTRAFLIGHT Magazine. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
- Great Big Story series (2016-06-06). "The Man Who Escaped the Iron Curtain in a DIY Plane". GreatBigStory.com. published at partner sites CNN.com and MSN.com on 2016-06-07. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
- Utah History to Go
- G. William Wiersdorf. "History of Lucin, Utah". OnlineUtah.com. Retrieved November 23, 2010.
- Bulletin - United States Geological Survey
- Deseret News (Salt Lake City), May 21, 2007
- Climate Summary for Lucin, Utah
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