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Boston Terrace, Utah

Box Elder county, Newfoundland Mountain Range

Located in western Box Elder County, the Newfoundland Mountain Range is pretty much out in the middle of nowhere. Roughly due west of Ogden, the distance if you are a bird is 75 miles give or take a few. Since you can't get there that way, you can go in from I-80 and go north or come in from the north at Kelton and head south. Either way you go, you need to get to the Union Pacific tracks and head west. There is a crossing so to speak of the tracks where you cross over and head south into into the range. The town is located on the western slope in an area called Mineral Basin. Not a whole lot is left but it is an interesting place to visit. The range itself has many mining areas on both sides. 

Silver was discovered there in the 1860's. A group of Swedish miners went out and settled Boston Terrace. The group sent ore in to Ogden where an agent handled all of the transactions. At the end of a season of mining, they returned to Ogden to see how much money they had accumulated and found that their agent had taken the money and run. Needless to say they did not return. In 1880, the Box Elder Mining District was formed and miners returned to Boston Terrace and took over what the Swedes had left. This work lasted almost a decade and soon the easy money ore was played out. In 1905, there was a large ore discovery on the Lakeside mountains and just like that, Boston Terrace was a ghost town. As said earlier, this range is in the middle of no where. This area remained untouched until renowned ghost towner George A Thompson discovered this hidden treasure. He spent 2 years out there and claimed to have found cabins still locked and all sorts of collectible treasures. Don't expect to find much today. Over the past, almost, 70 years the area has been picked clean. You can still find 2 stone cabins built by the Swedes and some machinery bases but that's about it. The east side has more modern leftovers from the past but I haven't got any fotos of that yet. If you are lucky, you might be spotted by some Air Force pilots playing on the test range there. We had 2 spot us on our first visit and they put on an improv air show for us. It was kinda cool.

WARNINGS: This mountain range is divided in half. The northern half is open to the public while the southern half is part of the  Air Force bombing range. They do not like visitors so stay out of that area. There is no water in the mountain range. If you do find a spring, do not drink any of it. All water associated with thee range has Arsenic in it. There is NO cell phone service. The only way to get a message out would be to flag a train down or cross into the Air Force range and get arrested. Go out there prepared for at least 3 days survival. The summers are extremely hot out there and the winters very cold. Spring and fall are the best times to visit and when you visit, don't go alone. Our last trip out there we found a sign stating that some mining company owned it all and blah blah blah. There are a lot of roads to explore so plan for a long day. I measured mileage from Garland Utah to there and back and  it was 150 miles 1 way. 

Boston Terrace and the Newfoundland Mountains

The north end of the Newfoundland Mountains has very similar rock formations that you find in the Devils Playground as well as City of the Rocks in Idaho. It covers just the northern tip then the rock and geography change to a different type of rock.