Cisco, Utah

Cisco is a ghost town in Grand County, Utah, United States near the junction of State Route 128 (SR‑128) and Interstate 70 (I‑70).

Cisco, Utah
Buildings in Cisco
Buildings in Cisco
Cisco is located in Utah
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Cisco
Location within the state of Utah
Cisco is located in the United States
Cisco
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Cisco (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056Coordinates: 38°58′12″N 109°19′14″W / 38.97000°N 109.32056°W / 38.97000; -109.32056
CountryUnited States
StateUtah
CountyGrand
Population
 (2020)
 • Total4
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1[1]
Time zoneUTC-7 (Mountain (MST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)

HistoryEdit

The town started in the 1880s as a saloon and water-refilling station for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. As work crews and, later, travelers came through, stores, hotels and restaurants sprang up to accommodate them. Nearby cattle ranchers and sheep herders in the Book Cliffs north of town began using Cisco as a livestock and provisioning center. Around the turn of the 20th century, over 100,000 sheep were sheared at Cisco before being shipped to market. After oil and natural gas were discovered, people began traveling more and Cisco continued to grow. The town's decline coincided with the demise of the steam locomotive. A declining economy crashed when Interstate 70 was built, bypassing Cisco.[2]

The town site contains many relics of a typical old west railroad town. Cisco survived long enough into the 20th century to be assigned a ZIP Code, 84515.[3] The ghost town's easy access and proximity to the freeway have lured vandals. The relics are heavily damaged and the town is littered with abandoned vehicles. While Cisco had no permanent residents for many years, there are many known shale oil deposits around Cisco, and efforts have been made over the years to extract this shale leading to the town having a few migrant residents working for the oil drilling firms involved.

In 1993 a nearby family purchased 35+ acres and are still residents today.

In the 2010s, Eileen Muza started an artist residency in Cisco that has gained some attention in the artist community.[4]

MiningEdit

Oil and natural gas were discovered near Cisco in 1924. In 2005, new oil and gas wells were drilled in the nearby Cisco Oil Field by a Reno, Nevada-based company.[5] Newly drilled wells can be seen next to the railroad track and around the freeway. Cisco Mayor Dan Vanover was also an oil and turquoise miner from 1963 until his death in 1986.


TransportationEdit

Cisco is along the former routing of US‑6/US‑50. The town was bypassed with the completion of I‑70 through the area but is still accessible by way of Exit 204. Cisco is listed as a control city for SR‑128, although the highway does not enter Cisco.[6] Cisco is still served by the Union Pacific Railroad where a rail siding remains in use. The California Zephyr passenger train passes through Cisco, but is not a scheduled stop. During the summer months, whitewater river rafters use Cisco as a landing site, particularly for a trip through Westwater Canyon. The Kokopelli mountain bike Trail passes through Cisco.[7]

In popular cultureEdit

GalleryEdit

ClimateEdit

According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Cisco has a semi-arid climate, abbreviated "BSk" on climate maps.[11]

See alsoEdit

  • Daqiu Island village, another ghost town with one modern inhabitant

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.eileenmuza.org/
  2. ^ Nancy Hazelet {thanks to A.J. Rogers}. "Cisco - Utah Ghost Town". Atjeu LLC. Retrieved 22 Jan 2008.
  3. ^ http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/citytown_zip.jsp USPS Zip Code locator
  4. ^ Dafoe, Taylor (9 April 2019). "The Most Offbeat Artist Residency in the World May Be This One in a Winnebago Parked in a Utah Ghost Town". news.artnet.com. Retrieved 28 August 2019.
  5. ^ Pacific Energy and Mining Cisco Project
  6. ^ http://members.aol.com/utahhwys/rte070.htm Dan Stober's Utah Highways page (personal website) last accessed 26 Aug 2007
  7. ^ "Kokopelli Trail". blm.gov. Bureau of Land Management. 15 Apr 2016. Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 8 Aug 2016.
  8. ^ Comment from David Adamson, 2014, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3qaAUrWJpQ
  9. ^ Grey, CGP. "Driving a Tesla Across the Loneliest Road in America". YouTube. CGP Grey. Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Population of One: Living Alone in an Abandoned Ghost Town". YouTube. Vice Media. Retrieved 18 Dec 2019.
  11. ^ "Cisco, Utah Köppen Climate Classification (Weatherbase)". Retrieved 8 Aug 2016.

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