Hiawatha, Utah

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Quick History

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Hiawatha is a class 6 coal mining ghost town, in Carbon County.[1] The coal mine opened in 1907 and the town was surveyed and building in1911, and the railroad, which allowed the coal mined to be shipped wherever needed, came about 1914. [2]
The town was built in stages and ethnic groups lived together in separate parts of town. A good portion of the miners came from parts of the world where they had once been miners. Many miners came from the Isle of Crete. In 1915 the postoffice was closed and the city offices were moved to nearby Blackhawk. The towns then merged together to be called Hiawatha.[3]
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The early stage had about a population of about 500. After world war ll the demand for coal grew and a government housing project was built to house the returning vets. During the 40s and 50s the population grew to 1500. With the decline for coal production during the 1960's the coal the mine eventually shut down.[4]

Location

  • Coordinates: 39°29′3.61″N 111°00′47.05″W

Maps

Neighboring Communities

Mohrland | Wattis | Wattis Junction

Time Line

  • 1907: Town begun
  • 1911: Population grows to 500
  • 1914: Railway built from Helper facilitates coal shipments
  • 1940-50: Population hits peek at 1500

Resources

Biographies

  • Memorial to those who lost their lives in coal mines in Utah in the 19th & 20th centuries [5] Lists name, date of accident, and mine.

Cemeteries

Check cemeteries in neighboring communities.

Census

Church Records

LDS
  • Record of members, 1920-1944; annual genealogical report, Form E, 1920-1948 [6]
  • Form E 1920-1948 [7]

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

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

  • Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada [8]
  • Hiawatha Memories Compiled [9]Stories and memories of some who lived there.
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [10]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [11]
  • Pioneers of Carbon County [12]

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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. Record of members, 1920-1944; annual genealogical report, Form E, 1920-1948 FHL 25996 Items 1-2
  7. FHL 25996 Item 3
  8. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294
  9. Miller, Elden Hiawatha Memories Compiled WorldCat 664737129
  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