Terrace, Utah

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Terrace, Utah
Terrace is located in Utah
Location of Terrace in Utah
Terrace is located in the United States
Terrace (the United States)
Coordinates: 41°30′13″N 113°31′01″W / 41.50361°N 113.51694°W / 41.50361; -113.51694Coordinates: 41°30′13″N 113°31′01″W / 41.50361°N 113.51694°W / 41.50361; -113.51694
CountryUnited States
CountyBox Elder
Elevation4,550 ft (1,387 m)
GNIS feature ID1438027[1]

Terrace is a ghost town, located in the Great Salt Lake Desert in west-central Box Elder County, Utah, United States. The town was established April 1, 1869, as a Central Pacific Railroad "division point" (operations base), on the route of the First Transcontinental Railroad and included a 16-stall roundhouse and an eight-track switchyard. Terrace was dependent on the railroad throughout its history.

In 1904 the Southern Pacific Railroad, successor to the Central Pacific, completed the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake. The new route bypassed Terrace, and the tracks through town became a little-used branchline. The railroad closed its facilities at Terrace, moving the division point to Montello, Nevada. The railroad line through Terrace was finally abandoned in 1942. Many of Terrace's houses and buildings were moved to Montello. The cemetery still remains with only three headstones, and only a pile of red bricks and the outline of the turntable is next to the old railroad bed.


  • Carr, Stephen L. (1974). The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics. p. 12.
  • Hall, Shawn (2002). Connecting The West: Historic Railroad Stops And Stage Stations In Elko County, Nevada. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada Press. pp. 74–76. ISBN 978-0-87417-499-1.