Winter Quarters, Utah

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Quick History

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Winter Quarters is a class 4 mining ghost town, in Carbon County.[1] The first commercial coal town in Utah originally called Peaceful Valley, where a few pioneers lived and grazed their cattle. The community changed in 1875 with the discovery of coal. By 1877, hundreds of miners moved in and a town suddenly emerged. The winter of 1877 came early and was very severe, keeping the miners snowbound until the following February. The town was renamed Winter Quarters. [2]
By 1900, there were 2000 families living in Winter Quarters. On May 1, 1900,[3] while the town was celebrating Dewey Day, an explosion occurred in mine #4, caused by coal dust. One hundred men were killed by the explosion and intense heat. Carbon monoxide spread to mine #1, killing 99 more men. After the extinguishing of the mine fires, the mine was eventually reopened, and produced coal for another 28 years. It was determined the coal was of poor quality, so the mine was closed forever in 1928. [4]
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Many of the homes and families moved to Scofield or Castle Gate, when Castle Gate closed, they moved to Helper.

Location

  • Coordinates: 39°43′14″N 111°11′16″W.

Maps

Neighboring Communities

Scofield | Clear Creek | Electric Lake

Time Line

  • 1870: Agricultural community begun
  • 1875: Coal discovered
  • 1877: Miners arrived and town booms
  • 1900: Two thousands families lived in Winter Quarters
  • 1900, May 1: One hundred ninetynine men were killed in mine explosion and subsequent gas release.
  • 1928: Mine closed, miners relocated to Scofield and Castle Gate

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.

Church Records

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

Winter Quarters Mine Disaster

A total of 199 men died in the May 1, 1900 explosion and gas release. 150 were buried in the Scofield Cemetery. Two funeral trains took the rest of the bodies to outlying communities and states for burial. The disaster left 107 widows and 270 fatherless children. For a list, see Miners Killed in the Winter Quarters Mine Explosion May 1, 1900 at UTGenWeb - free.

  • 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.
  • 1904-1956 - 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 [6]
  • The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns. [7]
  • Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures [8]
  • Pioneers of Carbon County [9]

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. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  3. Epic disasters
  4. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  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. Hall, Shawn; Connecting the West : historic railroad stops and stage stations of Elko County, Nevada WorldCat 50926294
  7. 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.
  8. Thompson, George A; Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures WorldCat 9202286 FHL 979.2 H2tg
  9. Jean S Greenwood; Lou Jean S Wiggins; Mary N Porter Harris; Daughters of Utah Pioneers; Pioneers of Carbon County 46707885/editions WorldCat 46707885