Victor, Utah

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Victor, Utah
Ghost town
Victor seen from a dirt road near Elmo
Victor seen from a dirt road near Elmo
Victor is located in Utah
Victor
Victor
Victor is located in USA
Victor
Victor
Location of Victor in Utah
Coordinates: 39°24′05″N 110°42′56″W / 39.40139°N 110.71556°W / 39.40139; -110.71556Coordinates: 39°24′05″N 110°42′56″W / 39.40139°N 110.71556°W / 39.40139; -110.71556
Country United States
State Utah
County Emery
Founded 1910
Abandoned 1920
Elevation[1] 5,525 ft (1,684 m)
GNIS feature ID 1437712[1]

Victor is a ghost town in Emery County, Utah, United States. It was inhabited from 1910 to 1920.[2]

History[edit]

Victor was established in 1910, when a burst dam treated the soil near Desert Lake with alkaline water, preventing farming. Residents of Desert Lake, a town located near the lake, had to relocate to a more fertile area in order to continue farming. They chose a spot 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Elmo. The town was soon named Victor. Homes and a schoolhouse were built in town. Farming was more difficult at Victor, because the area was much drier than Desert Lake.[2] Sand dunes located near the town were often blown by wind onto farmland and the surrounding buildings.[3] In 1920, the continuous lack of rain caused the residents of Victor to leave. The schoolhouse and a couple of foundations remain in the town site.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Victor
  2. ^ a b c Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics. p. 85. ISBN 978-0-914740-30-8. 
  3. ^ Thompson, George A. (1988). Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures. Salt Lake City, Utah: Dream Garden Press. pp. 112 – 113. ISBN 0-942688-01-5.