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.

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7.13

Soldier Summit Estates says it all with this Pristine Cabin Retreat. Open setting with great views of Pines and Quaking Aspens surrounding this Cabin. High open vaulted, living room windows, doubles sided gas fireplace, private deck off master bed. One large loft room above entry. Large open kitchen, dining with both providing access to large back deck for large mountain family and friend retreats. Basement offers large open gaming, entertainment with surround sound setup, wood fireplace, two double French doors to large 7 + acres, 3 bedrooms with 1st bath jack and jill between bedrooms...2nd is full bath off 3rd bedroom and separate room for office setting with cold storage access off this room. Cabin comes with full fire sprinkler system. Square footage figures are provided as a courtesy estimate only and were obtained from Utah county. Buyer is advised to obtain an independent measurement.

  • Open Space Views
  • Accessible Year Round with Limited 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
Available

D-28

$66,215

6.97 Acres

Pristine Eastern, Northern, Western mountain views. Eastern portion of this lot has 3 - 8 foot brush with trail through middle. Property line is tagged. Walkin to this lot to discover Eastern portion of lot, view and privacy. This lot is unique. Check it out...

 

  • Open Space Views
  • Accessible Year Round with Limited 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

 Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

 

 

 

In Contract

D-88

$114,760

12.08 Acres

Lot slopes around parameter of lot like a bowl with exception of neighboring lot where bowl continues. Quaking Aspens lot with thick to thin openings. Great mountain view or tuck lower bowl of lot for full privacy. Lot is tagged around parameter defining approximate boundaries.

Included Features on lot:.

  • Heavily Wooded Quaking Aspens
  • Accessible 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

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

SOLD

D-60

$85,935

10.11 Acres

Top of lot provides a grand mountain views northeast, north, northwest and west. Variety of opportunity to build. Level lot to steep grade to level at bottom.

  • Sage and Brush with Quaking Aspens lower lot.
  • 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

 

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

 

 

In Contract

D-33

$70,965

7.47 Acres

Top of Soldier Summit Estate Mountain! South, West, North un-obstructed views of mountain tops for miles including view of valley leading to Scofield lake. North overlooks Soldier Summit Quaking Aspens with background norther mountains. Lot is open with exception of group of Quaking Aspens northern acerage. 1 of a handfull of lots with views like this. 

 

Included Features on lot:

- Heavily Wooded 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

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. 

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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