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Old Frisco, Utah

Beaver County

Old Frisco , located approximately 15 miles west of Milford Utah was/is one of the best ghost towns in Utah. I honestly can't say it is the best because it has been a long time since I was there. At that time, there was no better example of a true ghost town. Located off of highway 21, the town is right off the road and was accessible by car.  The town had its beginnings with a simple claim that was sold twice. The vein of silver was almost pure and the chosen name was Horn Silver. The first sale netted 25k and the second 5 million. The final owner got the last laugh because over its lifespan, the Horn Silver mine produced  roughly $50 million. With the mine work underway, the town , like others, exploded with growth. Past history says there were 21 saloons in the town along with fancy hotels and stores. With the quick growth, the town also had other issues. Murders were a daily thing with one happening over a .50 cent bet. Needless to say, the cemetery at Frisco is large. I didn't take any fotos of it. I know, I am bad, but this page was a film page so fotos were taken of the city proper. In the beginning, the mine was not a traditional type of mine. It was an open pit type like Kennecott is today. The mine was making a ton of money when disaster struck. It was February 13th, 1885, the mine had reached a level of 900 feet and was held open by cross timbers. At shift change, the day crew was out of the mine and the swing crew was getting ready to head down when the timbers gave way and the mine basically disappeared. Rumor says that the force was so great that it broke windows 15 miles away in Milford. The big money maker was gone. Sources I am using differ at this point. One says the town was done and turned ghost while another says that other mines in area continued to be prosperous until the 1920's. I have to go with the 2nd history just because evidence I have seen says there was more than one mine in operation in the area. Plus, some of the equipment left behind was powered by gasoline engines and they did not have them in 1885. What ever the truth is, the town, like others, gave up once the ore was gone. I highly recommend a visit to Old Frisco. I haven't been there in ages but at that point in time it was incredible. Oh, and don't miss out on visiting the cemetery and the old charcoal kilns. The kilns are listed on the National Historical Registry and are/were in great shape. 

Old Frisco gallery


I visited Old Frisco on the 24th and there has been one change I noticed right off the bat: it is now gated closed, for the most part. No trespassing signs mark every road into the mine site and all are locked with a gate. Therefore, driving into or even hiking into the town is considered illegal. The town itself is still in the open as well as the kilns and cemetery. I do believe I will make the town and cemetery a single page and keep this one for just the mine. Again, it is posted no trespassing. If you do chose to enter, do so at your own risk.