Peerless, Utah

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Ghost town
Filled-in mine shaft at Peerless
Filled-in mine shaft at Peerless
Peerless is located in Utah
Location of Peerless in Utah
Peerless is located in the US
Peerless (the US)
Coordinates: 39°41′39″N 110°54′40″W / 39.69417°N 110.91111°W / 39.69417; -110.91111Coordinates: 39°41′39″N 110°54′40″W / 39.69417°N 110.91111°W / 39.69417; -110.91111
Country United States
State Utah
County Carbon
Founded 1916
Abandoned 1953
Elevation[1] 6,447 ft (1,965 m)
GNIS feature ID 1437655[1]

Peerless is a ghost town in Carbon County, Utah. It is located just three miles (5 km) west of Helper.


In 1916, 440 acres (1.8 km2) of land were purchased by William and Charles Sweet. They immediately began to develop coal mining operations. In 1917, the Sweets sold the property to the Peerless Coal Company. Coal shipments began over the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad in 1918. As the mining continued, the population grew. At its peak, the town's population was about 300,[2] half of which worked in the mines. The community included thirty homes, a store, a school, the mine office, a post office, and a poolhall.[2] Coal production peaked in World War I, when 2,000 tons of coal was mined daily.[3] In 1938, coal mining activity began to decline and people began to leave. By World War II, the mine was operating very little, and only a few people remained. The mine closed in 1954, and the rest of the residents left.[2] A few foundations and filled-in mine shafts remain.

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  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Peerless
  2. ^ a b c Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City: Western Epics. p. 76. 
  3. ^ Thompson, George A. (1982). Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures. Salt Lake City, Utah: Dream Garden Press. p. 102. ISBN 0-942688-01-5.