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Castle Gate is a class 4 mining ghost town, in Carbon County.[1] Castle Gate got its start in 1886 when the Pleasant Valley Coal Company began mining operations. The name of the town was inspired by the large rock formation at the mouth the Price Canyon. There were two Castle Gate mines, Castle Gate #1 in 1888 [2] and Castle Gate #2 in 1912. On March 8, 1924 exploded killing 171 miners. This is one of the most deadly mining disasters in United States History. Castle Gate was closed and it's residents were relocated to a new subdivision at the mouth of Spring Canyon, west of Helper. The former town was cleared by May 1974.

Location

  • Coordinates: 39°43′40″N 110°52′03″W

Maps

Neighboring Communities

Nolan | Helper | Scofield

Time Line

  • 1886: Mining begun, town grows
  • 1888: Castle Gate Mine #1 opens
  • 1912: Castle Gate Mine #2 opens
  • 1924: Large Mining Disaster, killing 171 miners
  • 1974: Town dissolved

Resources

Biographies

  • Memorial to those who lost their lives in coal mines in Utah in the 19th & 20th centuries [3] Lists name, date of accident, and mine.

Cemeteries

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Church Records

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints LDS

Castle Gate Ward, formerly known as Castle Gate Branch, became a unit of the Carbon Stake May 1893.

  • Record of members 1890-1941 [5]
  • Ward Form E 1907, Carbon Stake Form E 1908-1917, Ward Form E 1918-1948 [6]

Historical Newspapers

Societies, Museums and Libraries

The Western Mining and Railroad Museum
294 South Main
Helper, Utah 84526
Phone: (435) 472-3009

Vital Records

Birth

Marriage

Death

Castle Gate Mine Disaster
8 March 1924

Nationalities of the 171 men killed in the Gastle Gate #2 explosion: [7]

  • 76 Americans
  • 49 Greeks
  • 22 Italians
  • 12 Welsh
  • 8 Japanese
  • 7 English
  • 6 Austrians (Yugoslavs)
  • 2 African-Americans
  • 2 Scots
  • 1 Belgian

The youngest victim was 15 years old and the oldest was 73. [8]

The full list of deaths is available at UTGenWeb. A list of the rescuers has also been compiled.

Due to reduce orders, Utah Fuel Company two weeks prior to the explosion laid off many of the unmarried miners and miners without dependents. 114 of the men who were killed in the disaster were married, leaving behind 415 widows and fatherless children.

  • 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.
Obituaries

Suggested Reading

  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [9]
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [10]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [11]
  • Pioneers of Carbon County [12]
  • A Struggle for Survival and Identity: Families in the Aftermath of the Castle Gate Mine Disaster [13]
  • Hecatomb at Castle Gate, Utah, March 8, 1924 [14]

Websites

Sources and Footnotes

  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.
  2. Utah Fuels the West
  3. Civish, Fred M.; Memorial to those who lost their lives in coal mines in Utah in the 19th & 20th centuries Book FHL 979.2 V28
  4. Bonnett, Elaine F.; Castle Gate Cemetery FHL 979.2566/C1 V3b
  5. Film FHL 25840
  6. Film FHL 25841
  7. Castle Mine Disaster
  8. Castle Gate Mine Explosion
  9. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294
  10. 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.
  11. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  12. Jean S Greenwood; Lou Jean S Wiggins; Mary N Porter Harris; Daughters of Utah Pioneers; Pioneers of Carbon County 46707885/editions WorldCat 46707885
  13. Costa, Janeen Arnold; A Struggle for Survival and Identity: Families in the Aftermath of the Castle Gate Mine Disaster WorldCat 363568375
  14. Norarianni, Philip F; Hecatomb at Castle Gate, Utah, March 8, 1924 WorldCat 367617718

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