History of Soldier Summit Area

Francisco Atanasio Domínguez and Silvestre Vélez de Escalante are credited with discovering the pass, but it was certainly used by Native Americans before them. Soldier Summit takes its name from a group of soldiers who were caught in an unexpected snowstorm here in July 1861. These soldiers were Southerners under General Philip St. George Cooke, on their way from Camp Floyd to join the Confederate Army. A few of them died in the storm and were buried on the summit. In 1919, a real estate promoter named H.C. Mears surveyed a townsite at Soldier Summit and began to sell building lots. The town was incorporated in 1921, with a population of over 1,000. There were stores, hotels, saloons, restaurants, two churches, and a school.

Soldier Summit Growth was driven by the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad moving some of its machine shops, used for servicing helper engines, to this location from Helper. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints organized a branch in the new town on June 21, 1921 with Parley Bills as branch president. The number of Mormons in the town was large enough in June 1927 to organize a ward with Walter S. Groesbeck as bishop. The population of Soldier Summit peaked at 2,500 in the 1920s, but began to decline as the railroad decided to move its operations back to Helper due to the severe winters and high cost of doing business at the summit. The introduction of diesel locomotives, which eliminated the need for helper engines, further hurt the town's fortunes. The railroad moved many employees' homes to Helper, leaving only the foundations. By January 1930 the ward was reduced to a branch.

Over the next few decades the town dwindled away. In 1948 there were 47 students at the Soldier Summit school. The next year enrollment dropped to 11, but the school stayed open. It wasn't until 1973 that the school was closed and the last few students sent to schools in Carbon County.

By 1979 there were only about a dozen adult residents left, but Soldier Summit still had four part-time police officers enforcing a community speed limit on the stretch of highway passing through town. When motorists complained of a speed trap, the state Attorney General and the Utah Chief of Police Association investigated. They determined that the only reason for having a police department in Soldier Summit at all was to generate revenue for municipal services through traffic tickets. The police department was disbanded.

The town was finally disincorporated in 1984. Other than the gas station and two or three occupied houses, Soldier Summit is uninhabited. An old two-room jail, a few deserted houses, and acres and acres of foundations and crumbling walls are all that remains of the former town.

  1. 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. Jenson, Andrew (1941). Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book. pp. 807–808.
  3. Embry, Jessie L. (1996). A History of Wasatch County. Utah Centennial County History Series. Salt Lake City: Utah State Historical Society. pp. 260–261. ISBN 0-913738-08-5.
  4. Embry, pp.306–307.
  5. Carr, Stephen L. (1986) [1972]. The Historical Guide to Utah Ghost Towns (3rd ed.). Salt Lake City: Western Epics. p. 71. ISBN 0-914740-30-X.

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D-28

$66,215

6.97 Acres

Featured Plat D  Lot D-28 rolls west to east for great morning sunrise and sunset views. Views span from valleys to tops of mountains for miles. Lot previews open space with sage and shrubs as your choice lot. Plenty of perfect options to place your cabin. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

  • Open Space Views
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby Scofield fishing

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D-25

$84,455

8.89 Acres

Unique lot! Thick Quaking Aspens with Berry brush north end of lot leading deeper into lot to open space of sage with unlimited private mountain views. Ask about driveway, water, power concession with this exclusive lot D25. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Quaking Aspens, Berry Brush, Sage open space
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing
  • Kick Back and Relax

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D-85

$110,770

11.66 Acres

Premier setting within this far Northwest Plat D lot D 85. Varity of settings to build your cabin tucked deep into your own lot for gettaway retreats. Lots slopes on backside creating a great backdrop of mountains and sunset opportunities. Note: right a way on far south lot where some traffic will travel onto land to west of Soldier Summit Estates. Premier lot with access to neighboring open space. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily Wooded with Pines and Aspens
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

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D-83

$118,620

13.18 Acres

North facing sloped walkable lot with its large open sage setting center of lot. Beauty of this lot is majority of property boundaries is surrounded by mature Pines including Quaking Aspens and northern mountain views. Walk inside this lots treeline parameter to experience it unique historic setting. Upper lot photos show open pockets within Pines and Quakies providing even more opportunities to build or leave in its pristine setting. Ask about up to 200 feet driveway improvement concession. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Wooded Pines mixed with Quaking Aspens 
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

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D-82

$87,570

9.73 Acres

Northwest section of Plat D features a mix of Quaking Aspens, Pines and sage with some maple brush creating a lush setting with open space up front of lot. Views of sunsets, privacy with an opportunity to build cabin on backside of Quaking Aspens away from everything but the wildlife you will enjoy as they pass through your land. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

Included Features on lot:

  • Wooded with Pines, Quaking Aspens and open space
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

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D-68

$77,235

8.13 Acres

Great sunrise, sunset lot with miles of fresh open views. Lot has a gradual slope with a small treeline north of lot. Sage and Shrubs are main vegetation. Open lots are superior for those who prefer unobstructed access and views. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily covered with Shrubs and Sage.
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

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D-66

$75,440

9.43 Acres

Blue Light Special! Lot D 66 features location opportunity to place your cabin. Up front off Alta Dr appears to be open with a slight slope. Lot toward back of lot begins with a gradual slope to a steep slope to lower Soldier Summit lots with unobstructed views of tops of Quaking Aspens, Pine Trees and views of distant mountains producing endless sunrise's year round. Front of lot will provide sunsets with plenty of open space covered in Shrubs and sage. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily open with Shrubs and Small line of Quaking Aspens
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

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D-47

$87,495

9.21 Acres

Sweet lot! Mix of berry brush, sage and Quaking Aspens located in large sections on front of lot plus, located lower lot slope of lot. Walkable sloped lot entire 9.21 acres. Back lower revine is private, secluded plus a great setting. Ask about driveway concession. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Quaking Aspens, Berry Brush, Sage open space
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing
  • Kick Back and Relax

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

D-45

$68,875

7.25 Acres

Light sloped Quaking Aspen open space lot. Features open grass and sage open space leading to full Quaking Aspens on backside of this grand lot. Great mountain view and sunsets. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Quaking Aspens, sage and grass open space 
  • Accessible Year Round with regulations on Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

D-43

$70,965

7.47 Acres

Pristine Upper Plat D  Quaking Aspens 7.47 acre lot. Slight slope front of lot to incline walkable slope deeper into Quakies transitioning over areas of small valley rolling hills. Photos portray full lot setting. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Quaking Aspens 
  • Accessible Year Round with regulations on Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

D-40

$76,285

8.03 Acres

D40 is an open space lot with a remarkable valley setting. Northern mountain views and plenty of quakies on west section of lot for privacy for cabin. Various slopes depending location. Most of the lost is slight slope. Lot is tagged for a boundary walk. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot: 

  • Quaking Aspens, Sage open space
  • Accessible available in winter with snow plowed roads
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Stubbed Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include: 

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Surrounding Mountain Hunting
  • Nearby boating and fishing

 

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

D-27

$70,205

7.39 Acres

Lot C27 is mid range of Soldier Summit Estates development and portrays unlimited view of mountains, sunrise and sunsets. Lot is a slight gradual roll front to back. Quaking Aspens are on most of acerage with remaining Berry Bush and Sage. Backup your build into Quakies for additional privacy. Driveway concession Includes up to 200 feet 4 inch deep, 12 foot wide gravel driveway plus culvert pipe. Up to 200 feet water line to freezeless hydrant plus 3 inch conduit for power when your ready to connect. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Quaking Aspens, Berry Brush, Sage open space
  • Accessible Year Round with Snow Plowed Roads in Winter as weather permits
  • Minutes from Scofield Reservoir
  • Underground Utilities include water, electric and telephone
  • 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6 exit 257

Fun Family Activities include:

  • Four-wheeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Hunting
  • Nearby fishing
  • Kick Back and Relax

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

SOLD

D-05

$125,255

10.66 Acres

 

Beautiful large 15.03 acre timbered cabin lot located in Soldier Summit Mountain Estates. This lot is awesome! Another corner lot with much opportunity for a cabin setting. Gradual slopes to some steep grade. Lot provides great sunset and mountain views for a relaxing family retreat location. Large slight sloped opening is prime for cabin setting with the ultimate mountain setting for miles. (Ask about driveway improvement concession) 

Included Features on lot:

- Heavily Wooded with Pines and Aspens, Open Space -

- Accessible available in winter with snow plowed roads

- Minutes from Scofield Reservoir

- Underground Stubbed Utilities include water, electric and

   telephone

- 37 miles to Soldier Summit exit from I-15 & Highway 6

   exit 257

- Fun Family Activities include:

- Four-wheeling

- Horseback riding

- Snowmobiling

- Surrounding Mountain Hunting

- Nearby boating and fishing

Contact Steve 801.205.5656


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