decades saw little additional growth but did bring improvements in public
services. A culinary water system and a telephone system were installed
in about 1914. In 1922 the Emery Stake Academy was sold to the Emery
County School District and became Central High School.
Like the other
communities in western Emery County, for most of its history Castle
Dale has depended on an economic base of farming and livestock raising,
supplemented by coal mining. The community was hard hit by the Great
Depression of the 1930s, when mining unemployment and low prices for
farm products combined with a devastating drought. The local bank was
merged with a bank in Price, leaving Emery County without banking services.
During the same period, however, the Wilberg Resort, situated in a grove
of trees four miles north of town, enjoyed great success as a recreation
center for Emery and Carbon counties, with several hundred people typically
attending the Saturday night dances.