Near Park Valley in Box Elder County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Kelton served as a section station for the Central Pacific Railroad from 1869-1942. The location was originally called Indian Creek but was soon renamed Kelton in honor of a local stockman.
The town was built around the railroad section station and featured large water cisterns to fill daily trains of water cars. Water was a precious commodity in this arid region and was originally drawn via redwood pipelines seven miles to Kelton from the foot of the Raft River Mountains.
In its early years, Kelton had a post office, a two-story hotel, and several saloons, stores, and homes. There were about 100 people living in Kelton in 1870 and the population peaked at about 200, plus and uncounted Chinese population of considerable size.
Stagecoaches left daily, carrying passengers to Boise in two days, Walla Walla in four days, and Portland in five-and-a-half days. The Wells Fargo stagecoach from Kelton to the rich northern mines was reportedly the most often robbed stage line in the west. It was usually held up every week, and occasionally daily.
Keaton's prosperty declined with the completion of the Lucin Cutoff across the Great Salt Lake. After the cutoff opened in 1904, the line became a backup in case of problems on the Lucin Cutoff and trains dropped to weekly
Remains of the old hotel and cemetery can still be seen at the Kelton site today.
Erected by Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Transcontinental Railroad marker series.
Location. 41° 44.76′ N, 113° 6.678′ W. Marker is near Park Valley, Utah, in Box Elder County. Marker is on Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway near Kelton Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Park Valley UT 84329, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Elinor (approx. 5.2 miles away); Peplin (approx. 6.2 miles away); Seco (approx. 9 miles away); Ombey (approx. 9.6 miles away); Nella Siding (approx. 9.9 miles away); Romola (approx. 13.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The Transcontinental Railroad Back Country Byway is a 90 mile dirt/gravel track on top of or beside the old Central Pacific Rail Road grade between Old Lucin and Promontory
Neither are there any mileage posts, though one could do the arithmetic using the "Mile ... from San Francisco" on the markers to determine distances. Nor is there any mail delivery, so no street addresses either.
Also see . . . The Ghost Town of Kelton, Utah -- Silver Firs Farm. It was reported by a man traveling through Kelton that it was a small, rough town consisting of the two story hotel, a depot, a row of saloons and businesses, and about 50 homes. Its hard to imagine life out there, but the people of Kelton quite obviously were tough. (Submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 141 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 11, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.