located about 5,600 feet above sea level, a town cradled by mountains
with ready access to water. One visitor to Coalville described Coalville
as being "very picturesque. Through the city, from east to west, emptying
into the grand Weber river, which is the western boundary of the city.
Hemmed in by these two beautiful rivers, surrounded by majestic mountains,
every home surrounded by flower gardens and fruit orchards, the pure
mountain air--well, draw the picture yourself, a pen cannot describe
In 1908, Coalville
had a population of 1,200 and about twenty businesses, the largest of
which was a ZCMI. The city boasted its own opera house, electric light
plant, and the elegant Summit Stake Tabernacle. Today, life in Coalville
proceeds at a pace established long ago. Known for its extreme winter
temperatures, Coalville is still a quiet, peaceful town. Occasionally
the scene of heated battles about land usage in Summit County, it is
nevertheless a place with a sense of tradition and a proud history that
stretches back more than 140 years.