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Ghost Town Tuesday; Elgin, UT and Old US 50/6

As previously mentioned in the Cisco, UT ghost town blog I traveled various old segments of US 50/6 in eastern Utah back in 2015.  In Emery County on eastern bank of the Green River a ghost town that is known as Elgin.






For reference much of the history I spoke of related to the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad can be found on the Cisco blog.  The time frame for US 50 and US 6 in eastern Utah can be found on the Cisco blog as well.

Ghost Town Tuesday; Cisco, UT and Old US 50/6

In the case of Elgin and Green River they were both founded as Rail Sidings of the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in the early 1880s.  While I'm not certain it appears that US 50/6 traveled through Elgin on Elgin Avenue over the Green River to Green River Avenue.  The modern routing of the I-70 Business Route/Utah State Route 19 is on Main Street which bypasses Elgin.  The approximate crossing of Elgin Avenue over the Green River would have been to the right of the rail bridge below.



There isn't much left of Elgin today aside from some crumbling homes.  US 50/6 were shifted off of Main Street onto I-70 when the segment opened through Green River in 1969.

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