“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lucin in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)


Lucin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Johnson, December 23, 2018
1. Lucin Marker
Inscription.  When the railroads were first moving across the country, they needed water for their steam engines. The Lucin ponds were developed in the 1800s for this purpose. The water to fill the ponds comes through a pipeline from the Pilot Mountain range, southwest from this location. Since the development of the Lucin cut-off, Lucin has been a homesite for many people and in recent times, a small community of retired people lived here. These retirees once lived here as children and returned as friends in their golden years. Now that the last resident moved away in the early 1990s, their legacy is this quiet spot managed for wildlife.

In 1999, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources acquired a lease from the Southern Pacific Railroad on Lucin for the benefit of resident and migratory wildlife. Due to the presence of water, Lucin is an “oasis in the desert” and is important for many species of wildlife, particularly songbirds. Songbirds, some on their annual migrations to and from such faraway places as Mexico, South America and Canada, need places to rest, food to eat and water to drink. Here in the middle of the Great Basin
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Desert, there are not many habitat alternatives for the birds. Lucin provides all these needs becoming an important stop on their annual migrations. Up to 118 species of songbirds may be found here, including other species such as hawks, owls, eagles, antelope, kangaroo rats, deer mice and bats. How many can you see?

Please enjoy this oasis. We hope that you will help us protect this area for wildlife and for other people who come to enjoy this area.
Erected by State of Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEnvironmentRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers.
Location. 41° 20.739′ N, 113° 54.15′ W. Marker is in Lucin, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Grouse Creek Road, mile north of Tucoma Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wendover UT 84083, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Lucin (approx. 1.2 miles away); Medea Siding (approx. 7 miles away).
Lucin Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Andrew Johnson, December 23, 2018
2. Lucin Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 7, 2019, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 428 times since then and 186 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2019, by Andrew Johnson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 9, 2023