Kelton, Box Elder, Utah Genealogy

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Kelton is a class 3 ghost town, just north of the Great Salt Lake, in the Park Valley area of Box Elder County. Also known at Indian Creek, it was the center for stage coach and freight lines running between Utah and into Idaho and Oregon. [1] The town was inhabited during the period 1869–1942. A large Chinese population lived in Kelton and with the completion of the railroad a few stayed. Once an important section station on the First Transcontinental Railroad, Kelton was dependent on the railroad and the stage coach routes.

At it's peek, Kelton had the population of 700. There were weekly, if not daily, hold-ups on the stage coach. The town suffered serious setbacks in the 1880s when its busy stagecoach route to Boise, Idaho was discontinued, and in the 1903 when the Lucin Cutoff left it off the main rail line. The strongest earthquake in Utah history caused severe damage in 1934, but Kelton didn't actually cease to exist until the rails were completely removed in in 1942 during World War II. [2]

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Location[edit | edit source]

  • GPS Location: 41° 44′ 46″ N, 113° 6′ 23″ W Google

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Time Line[edit | edit source]

  • 1869: Established
  • 1903: Population decreased when Kelton was settled
  • 1936: Shipping center with population of 47
  • 1942: Railroad tracks removed for WWII war effort

Neighboring Communities[edit | edit source]

Snowville

Biographies[edit | edit source]

Cemeteries[edit | edit source]

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Vital Records[edit | edit source]

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Death[edit | edit source]

  • Utah Department of Archives 1903 to 50 years ago
    Choices of search types - name, date of death (year, month, day, or any combination) and county.
    Images of actual death certificates.
  • Utah Death Certificates 1904 - 1956 -A free internet access to the 1904-1956 death certificates can be viewed on the Family Search Historical Records.  Utah requires a death certificate before a burial is completed.  A death certificate may contain information as to the name of the deceased, date of death, and place of death, as well as the age, birthdate, parents, gender, marital status, spouse and place of residence.  For information on death prior to 1904 you can search the Utah State Burial Index.
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Suggested Reading[edit | edit source]

  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [3]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [4]
  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [5]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Sources and Footnotes[edit | edit source]

  1. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
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  3. Carr, Stephen L. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. Salt Lake City, Utah: Western Epics, 1972. Film: FHL 78162 Book: FHL 979.2 H2cr WorldCat 595478.
  4. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  5. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294