Ghost Towns in Utah & Photography

So, I’ve decided to start a new section of the Vintage Storehouse Blog dedicated to Photography. I love Photography and it’s a hobby that I’ve sd with my dad since I was a little girl. I still remember my dad buying me my first digital camera around the time I was 10. I think back then the camera was a 2 px. Can you imagine?

He also got me one of those photo printers so I could print out my photos and hang them on my wall. It wasn’t long before I had an entire . wall filled with people, flames, pets anything of thought was interesting enough to take photos of.

As I got older, we started taking Photography trips together. We would literally just get into the truck and drive around Utah looking for things to Photograph. One thing I loved and still love photographing is Ghost Towns. There are hundreds of little Ghost Towns all around Utah, and if you just start driving your bound to run into one. there’s something beautiful about them to me.

After I started college we stopped taking these little photography trips together, but now that I’ve graduated I recently started going again. I love these trips with my dad and I wanted tos with you all not only the story, but the photos as well .


Silver City #GhostTown in Utah by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #UtahPhotography #Photography
Silver City, Utah #GhostTown by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #Photography #Utah
Ghost Town Remains at Silver City by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #GhostTown #Photography #Utah
Ghost Town Remains at Silver City by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #GhostTown #Photography #Utah

Silver City is a Ghost Town located West of the Tintic Mountains in Juab County in Central Utah. It originally was founded in 1869 by George Rust. The town eventually grew to include a claims recorder, assay office, telegraph branch, stagecoach line, a post office, hotels and restaurants. The mines in Silver City produced bismuth, copper, gold & lead.

In 1907 Jesse Knight established the Utah Ore Sampling Company & the Tintic Smelter here. But due to difficulties competing with larger mines in the Salt Lake Valley, the smelter was shut down in 1915. Today the city is uninhabited.

While most of the remains are pretty scattered and small, you can still see where the large buildings were. There is actually one building I can only assume was some type of Bank or Office as there was another room inside of it that had no windows. Only one door and it looks as though there was a build into the wall for a large lock. You can see a few holes in the ground where the mines were, you can also see where another company came in later and tried to mine again, but they are long gone. You can also see the remains of the smelter.


Mammoth is really close to Silver City, so we decided to hit up both Ghost Towns in one trip. Mammoth was discovered around the same time as Eureka (1870), which is another semi-ghost town in Central Utah. Mammoth also had it’s own mine, which was in production for about 75 years, and was also considered a part of the Tintic Mining District along with the Silver City Mine.

Old Building in Mammoth Utah by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #Photography #GhostTowns #Utah

Old Field Bleachers in Mammoth Utah by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #Photography #GhostTowns #Utah

Old Horseshoe by Vintage Storehouse & Co. #GhostTowns #Photography #HorseShoe

At it’s peak, Mammoth had a school, four large hotels and a hospital. Today some residents still live in Mammoth, making up a very eclectic town with old abandoned buildings, abandoned mining debris & a memorial site for the hospital mixed in with newer homes, trailers & new mining equipment. Just wandering around the town looking at the ground will find you some very interesting artifacts. We also found a tunnel that looks like it ran up to the mine, but to be honest I was way to afraid of it to get close enough to find out where it goes.

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