History of Terrace, Utah


Terrace (Box Elder) is today a ghost town site located on the old railroad grade. The town was founded on April 1, 1869 as a major maintenance and repair center for the Transcontinental Railroad system. There are depressions and indications of a turntable and roundhouse stalls that once were part of a town with a population of several hundred people boasting businesses, a school, library, a Wells Fargo office, a public bath and even a justice of the peace. As was the case in other railroad endeavors, many Chinese were employed by the railroad in Terrace. With the completion of the Lucin cutoff, the town died as most of the buildings were moved to Carlin, Nevada, leaving only the occasional foundation. One-half mile northeast of the Terrace site, the cemetery can be found. Terrace Mountain (5,174' -1,577.04m) lies just to the south.

Nearby towns include Rosette and Park Valley to the north and Lucin to the southwest. Etna and Grouse Creek are found to the northwest.

See: Jim Aldrich, GhostTowns.com; Info. on plaque near site; Joe Benson, Scenic Driving, Utah.

G. William Wiersdorf

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