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Carbon County

Carbon County may be best known for coal mining and for dinosaur fossils. While there are examples of the early Fremont cultures, the area wasn't very populated until the1880s. During this time the railroad companies, looking for a way to connect Denver and Salt Lake City, stumbled across the coal in the hills of Carbon County. Many coal companies set-up rail towns, mostly ghost towns today, and brought in workers from around the globe to mine and build railroad tracks.   Price became the largest city in the county because of its proximity to the main roads and the rail lines.

Today, Carbon County continues to mine coal. Also, a large Utah Power and Light power plant is located in the county, burning coal to produce steam which eventually produces power. Price, the county seat, has a large collection of dinosaur bones found in the Prehistoric Museum at the College of Eastern Utah. Many of these bones were actually found in this county at the working Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Finally, another memorable archeological site in Carbon County is Nine Mile Canyon. Here a traveler can see more examples of early Native Americans with beautiful rock art as well as early settlers to the area.


The coal industry fueled the early growth of Carbon County and continues to be a major part of the economy today.

This is the Price City Peace Gardens located on the south side of the Prehistoric Museum. Many city events and activities take place here.

The Price River Parkway, commonly known as the Helper Parkway, is a scenic walkway where walkers and joggers can enjoy the beauty of a stream and the vegetation surrounding it.

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