Utah March 03, 2017
The Story Of This Abandoned Town In Utah Will Break Your Heart
The little town of Cisco, Utah was once a thriving community. Today, it’s a ghost town with a tragic, heartbreaking history.
You'll find Cisco along a lonely stretch of State Route 128, near the border of Utah and Colorado.
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This little town was once thriving - now it sits abandoned in the desert.
It sure looks lonely out there, doesn't it?
In the 1880s, Cisco was founded as a watering stop for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.
Back then, steam engines needed to stop for water along their routes. Many small towns sprung up along rail lines for this purpose.
Ranches and farms were established, and the town became a place to get supplies and ship out products.
In its heyday, as many as 100,000 sheep were sheared in Cisco - the wool was sent to market via the train.
The Cisco Landing Store was once a gathering place.
Residents and farmers met here to swap stories and get the latest gossip.
For a brief time in the 1920s, Cisco enjoyed a boom with the oil and gas industry.
Oil was discovered here in 1924, and Cisco grew to be the largest producer of oil in the state.
In the 1940s, people began taking road trips in their cars and Cisco was a popular place to stop for a meal.
In the 1970s, Interstate 70 was built, and it bypassed Cisco.
Without drivers stopping to spend money, and with the gas and oil gone, Cisco quickly became a ghost town.
People moved out, and the post office closed.
Today, Cisco is left rotting in the vast, empty desert.
The roofs of many buildings have caved in.
Others are partly demolished.
There's likely no one around to keep you from trespassing now.
Cisco has appeared in several movies over the years.
Scenes from "Thelma and Louise" were filmed here, as well as parts of the 2005 movie "Don't Come Knocking."
Today, the only people you'll find in Cisco are here to take pictures of a ghost town.
The town is eerie, but also quite picturesque, standing alone in this vast, empty landscape.
Do you remember when Cisco was home to Utah residents? Tell us about your memories in the comments!
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