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Coordinates: 39°56′06″N 111°11′58″W / 39.935°N 111.19944°W / 39.935; -111.19944

A trace of the old railroad grade is still visible in the background east of Tucker.
2008 view of the rest stop at the former site of Tucker
Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1900 211
1910 373 76.8%
1920 40 −89.3%

Tucker is a ghost town located in Utah County, Utah, 7 miles (11 km) below Soldier Summit on U.S. Route 6 through Spanish Fork Canyon. Once an important loading point and construction camp on the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Tucker is almost completely gone. For years, a rest stop covered most of the former townsite; as of 2009, a road reconstruction project has dug up almost the entire site, removing the rest stop.

History

Tucker started as a simple railroad junction. When a station was built here to house the helper engines used to push freight trains over Soldier Summit,[1] it quickly grew into a town with a population of 500, called Clear Creek.[2] The town had a boarding house, company store, and saloon,[1] and dozens of hastily-constructed houses filled the small valley. By 1900 its name was changed to Tucker, for a certain James Tucker.[2]

Tucker came to an end around 1915, when the railroad filled in much of the location to lift the road bed far above the valley floor. All the buildings are gone, and even most of the old railroad grade is covered by the fill.[2] There was no sign that the roadside rest stop sat on top of a ghost town.

As of fall 2009, Tucker is being further obliterated by grading equipment and a new highway project. The rest stop is gone. Future plans include a new rest stop further along the canyon,[3] to pay tribute to Tucker with a railroad theme.

References

  1. ^ a b Thompson, George A. (November 1982). Some Dreams Die: Utah's Ghost Towns and Lost Treasures. Salt Lake City, Utah: Dream Garden Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-942688-01-5.  
  2. ^ a b c Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns (3rd ed.). Salt Lake City: Western Epics. p. 70. ISBN 0-914740-30-X.  
  3. ^ "U.S. 6 Tucker (Mileposts 203 - 204)". Projects Under Construction. Utah Department of Transportation. October 29, 2009. http://udot.utah.gov/main/f?p=100:pg:0:::1:T,V:2491,. Retrieved November 4, 2009.  
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