Utah November 27, 2015
10 Tiny Towns in Utah Where Huge Things Happened
Some of Utah’s most interesting history took place in its tiniest towns. Read on and learn some surprising facts about our state:
The Topaz Internment camp housed more than 11,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. Topaz was located about 15 miles from Delta, which currently houses a Topaz Museum.
A terrible mine explosion in 1900 killed as many as 240 miners. At the time of the accident, it was the worst mining disaster in history.
Kanab was the filming site for dozens of Westerns, starting in 1924.
Alta was a booming mining town in the late 1800s, but massive avalanches killed dozens of people between 1872 and 1911.
In 1983, a massive landslide destroyed the town of Thistle.
The 509th Composite Group trained for several months at Wendover Air Base. 1,500 men came to Wendover in December, 1944, let by Colonel Paul Tibbets. Then, on August 6, 1945, Colonel Tibbets piloted the Enola Gay over Hiroshima and dropped the atom bomb that killed as many as 180,000 people and ended WWII.
Philo T. Farnsworth, inventor of the technology that made television possible, was born in Beaver on August 19, 1906.
Hanksville served as the main supply post for Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, who hid out at Robber’s Roost nearby.
The Crandall Canyon Mine was located about 15 miles from Huntington. A collapse in 2007 trapped six miners. A subsequent collapse killed three rescuers.
The tiny town of Fairfield was host to Johnston’s Army from 1858 to 1861; over 3,500 troops lived there during the Utah War. When the Civil War started, the troops left in 1861.
Do you know of other huge events that happened in Utah’s tiny towns? Tell us about them!