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Price, UT
Elevation 5,546  feet.
Population 2,364 (c1920).
Denver 619 miles.

Price is located in the eastern foothills of the Wasatch mountains at the base of the Book Cliffs. Fertile land surrounds the Price River valley which was originally settled in 1879 by Mormon families. Ranching and farming was undertaken in a typical Utah religious community.

In 1883 things started to change in Price when the Denver and Rio Grande Western railroad laid tracks into town on their way to Salt Lake City. The railroad uncovered large veins of good quality coal in Price Canyon near Castle Gate while building the railroad and soon mines were established to excavate the coal. With the advent of both the railroad and the coal mines, a flood of immigrants began to arrive in Price from around the world.

Today coal is still the principle industry in the region. However, many smaller enterprises have evolved in Price. Furthermore, support for agriculture, ranching and tourism is still thriving. Price is the largest city in the region and it still manages to keep its quiet, easy going atmosphere.

 

THE RAIL YARD

Railroad operations in Price were never real extensive as Helper was the major station in the area. At Price the rail facilities were limited to basic passenger and freight handling. A Passenger and Freight Depot, Water Tank, and Section quarters were built. A passing siding and storage tracks along with several spurs to local industry still exist.

 

 

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