Carbon County

Carbon County Facts:

County Website: Carbon County
Area: 1,485 square miles
: 20,463 (2019)
County Seat:
Origin of County Name: from the vast amounts of coal found there
Cities/Towns: East Carbon, Helper, Price, Scofield, Wellington
Economy: coal mining, transportation (railroad), energy
Points of Interest: Helper Historic District, Nine Mile Canyon, Price Canyon recreation area, Scofield Reservoir, Utah State University Eastern Prehistoric Museum, Western Mining and Railroad Museum


About 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 Utah State University Eastern. Many of these bones were actually found in this county at the working Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Finally, another memorable archaeological 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.



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