Ghost Town: Dividend, Utah

SteveJackson

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Site: Dividend, Utah
County, State: Utah, Utah
Years of Occupation: 1907-1949
Status of Site: Open
Classification: Class 2 - Neglected Town
Type: Mining
Remnants: Broken down buildings, remnants of equipment, foundations, open shaft
GPS Coordinates: 39.955684 -112.061942
NRHP Reference #: N/A
Date of Last Visit: 11/26/2016

The mining town of Dividend grew up around the nearby Standard Mine. The town got its name from the practice of paying miners in stock during lean times. Those who held on to their shares were rewarded when a sulphide deposit was found 1200 feet below the surface. The mine paid out $19 million in dividends before closing in 1949. The mill on the hillside east of Goshen was built to process ore from the Standard Mine but only operated between 1919 and 1924.

By 1920, the town got its official name. At that time, the company town had several boarding houses, private homes, offices, a schoolhouse, store, barbershop, amusement hall, pool hall, men's clulb, post office and hotel. The town even had a golf course and rifle range. It was one of the earliest towns to have indoor plumbing.

Currently, the site is littered with broken down buildings and foundations. There are many foundations and interesting sites above and below the main road accessing the site. Many hours could be spent exploring the hillside and valley below for interesting artifacts. Be respectful to avoid the current mining operation nearby and obey all signage in the area.


Further Reading:
The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns by Dr Stephen Carr
https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Guide-Utah-Ghost-Towns/dp/091474030X

Directions to Get There:
From the eastern city limit of Eureka, 3.2 miles east on Highway 6 is the turn
for the old Dividend Road. Follow the road .7 miles to the site. The road
also continues and connects with Highway 6 again, approximately 5.5 miles east of the Eureka city limit.

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SteveJackson

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I had visited Dividend previously, 5/15/2004. Here are some pictures from that visit.
 

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LFNTMS

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Great pics, a group of us were out this way recently. Keep in mind, everything off the county road is "technically" trespassing.
 

SteveJackson

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I was looking through some pics of a trip to Utah in 2001 and found this shot from a visit to Dividend on 7/15/01.
 

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Ed Spreen

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Site: Dividend, Utah
County, State: Juab, Utah
Years of Occupation: 1907-1949
Status of Site: Open
Classification: Class 2 - Neglected Town
Type: Mining
Remnants: Broken down buildings, remnants of equipment, foundations, open shaft
GPS Coordinates: 39.955684 -112.061942
NRHP Reference #: N/A
Date of Last Visit: 11/26/2016

The mining town of Dividend grew up around the nearby Standard Mine. The town got its name from the practice of paying miners in stock during lean times. Those who held on to their shares were rewarded when a sulphide deposit was found 1200 feet below the surface. The mine paid out $19 million in dividends before closing in 1949. The mill on the hillside east of Goshen was built to process ore from the Standard Mine but only operated between 1919 and 1924.

By 1920, the town got its official name. At that time, the company town had several boarding houses, private homes, offices, a schoolhouse, store, barbershop, amusement hall, pool hall, men's clulb, post office and hotel. The town even had a golf course and rifle range. It was one of the earliest towns to have indoor plumbing.

Currently, the site is littered with broken down buildings and foundations. There are many foundations and interesting sites above and below the main road accessing the site. Many hours could be spent exploring the hillside and valley below for interesting artifacts. Be respectful to avoid the current mining operation nearby and obey all signage in the area.


Further Reading:
The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns by Dr Stephen Carr
https://www.amazon.com/Historical-Guide-Utah-Ghost-Towns/dp/091474030X

Directions to Get There:
From the eastern city limit of Eureka, 3.2 miles east on Highway 6 is the turn
for the old Dividend Road. Follow the road .7 miles to the site. The road
also continues and connects with Highway 6 again, approximately 5.5 miles east of the Eureka city limit.

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Good work, the location I doubled check Dividend is actually in Utah County, few miles from Juab County, the Ghost Towns of Utah stated it. I visited the mine shaft was in late March 2018. I will upload pictures sooner within a month.
 

SteveJackson

Moderator & Supporting Member
Looks like you're right, that would be Utah county. You went there in March 2018. You were there when those kids bodies were in the mine shaft, only 150 feet from the surface. Creepy.
 

SteveJackson

Moderator & Supporting Member
I saw these cool old pics on the Tintic Mining Historical Society facebook page.
 

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