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Quick History

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La Plata is a class 4 mining ghost town, in Cache County.[1]The area was first named Sundown when the claim was first struck discovered by a sheepherder from the Bear River Mountains. The name for the mine remained but the name of the town was later changed to La Plata, the Spanish word for silver. A silver rush quickly ensued after the find and soon the area was home to fifteen hundred prospectors, miners, and camp followers. The town totaled sixty buildings. [2] Other mines were opened in the area including: Silver King, Lead King, Queen of the Hills, La Plata, Sunrise, Yellow Jacket, New State, Lucretta. Mountain Boys and Red Jacket. It was said the 100 men passed through Ogden every day headed to the new diggings. Due to several factors the mines closed and the town disappeared. By the time of the town's closing the mines had produced $3 million in galena ore.

Location

  • Coordinates: 41°26′38″N 111°40′47″W

Maps

Neighboring Communities

Liberty | Paradise

Time Line

  • 1890 Silver is discovered.
  • 1891 Town is populated with silver seekers and entourage growing the population to 1500
  • 1893-94 The last of the silver mines were closed.

Biographies

Cemeteries

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Church Records

Historical Newspapers

Vital Records

Birth

Marriages

Death

  • 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

  • A history of Cache County [3]
  • A History of Weber County, Utah Centennial History Series (Utah Historical Society) [4] The Journal (Logan, Ut.)
  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [5]
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [6]
  • La Plata, 1891-1893 : boom, bust and controversy [7]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [8]
  • A History of Weber County, Utah Centennial History Series (Utah Historical Society) [9] The Journal (Logan, Ut.)

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. 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.
  3. Peterson, F Ross; A history of Cache County 37310208/editions WorldCat 37310208
  4. Richard C. Roberts and Richard W. Sadler, A History of Weber County, Utah Centennial History Series (Utah Historical Society), pp. 211-215. WorldCat 37568335
  5. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294
  6. 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.
  7. Lewis, David Rich; La Plata, 1891-1893 : boom, bust and controversy WorldCat 5692623
  8. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  9. Richard C. Roberts and Richard W. Sadler, A History of Weber County, Utah Centennial History Series (Utah Historical Society), pp. 211-215.

 

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