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Quick History

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Russian Settlement is a class 2 agricultural ghost town, in the Park Valley area of Box Elder County.[1]The Russian Settlement has been refereed to as the ghost town with no name.[2]A group of Molokan Russians came to this settlement by way of California. These Russians bought the land after a promise of it's beauty by some unscrupulous land agents. In April 1914, approximately 100 Molokans, came to the foot of the Russian Knoll by way of the railroad, then a wagon ride. When the new land owners saw their land many turned around and went back to California with 30 families staying. They set up a town patterned after those they knew in Russia. Some made their way to Park Valley and settled along the Dove Creek.[3] Drought and harsh conditions battered the dream for a utopian society and settlement was disbanded in 1918. It's been said the remaining residents returned back to California.[4]

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Location

  • GPS Location:41°43′N 113°21′W

Maps

Time Line

  • 1914: Arrived
  • 1918: Abandoned community

Neighboring Communities

Kelton | Park Valley

Biographies & Family Histories

Cemeteries

Two graves enclosed within a worn picket fence are the only reminder of the group’s existence at this settlement.

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.

Suggested Reading

  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [5]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [6]
  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [7]

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. Huschel, Frederick M;A history of Box Elder County WorldCat 41435861
  3. ,Russian Colonists in the Utah Desert
  4. [http://www.molokane.org/places/USA/Utah/index.html#Bowen Molokane in Utah — 1914-1918
  5. 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.
  6. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  7. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294 </ref Russian Colonists in the Utah Desert

 

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