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.
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D-29

$70,015

7.37 Acres

Lot features open space with plenty of views to enjoy. Build a cabin up against small area of Quaking Aspens on south section of lot or to capture unobstructed views right in the middle of this open view lot. Another great cabin setting would be to east of lot where views of eastern moutain top sunrise's and tops of Quaking Aspens and Pines. Western view of tops of mountain more fall and winter sunsets than summer.

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily open lot with small section 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-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 

 

  • 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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In Contract

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.

  • 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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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

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In Contract

D-82

$92,435

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. 

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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Available

D-68

$69,105

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.

 

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

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

D-67

$80,410

9.46 Acres

Premier open space lot with unlimited views. Place cabin towards back of lot and still have 360 degree unobstructs. Gradual sloped lot. Canyon towards back of lot is known for Elk and Deer traveling up and down canyon as stated by locals who know Soldier Summit history. Walk this lot to capture this perfect setting.

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily covered with Sage and Shrubs
  • 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-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.

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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In Contract

D-65

$68,595

8.07 Acres

Lot D65 is gradual grade with exception Eastern lot where slope becomes steep creating the best of view all around. Lot features all mountain views for miles including views of Soldier Summit tops of Quaking Aspens and Pines. Cabin placement has many options with sage and shrubs covering most of this lot with exception of Quaking Aspens northern section of lot. Most important is not to forget the endless unobstructed morning sunrise and evening sunsets.

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Heavily Wooded with Pines and 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

 

Contact Steve at 801.205.5656

Available

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-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.

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

In Contract

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.

 

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

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

In Contract

D-26

$70,205

7.39 Acres

Ultimate sunrise and sunset lot. Open lot with seriously, great views of mountain tops for miles. Slight slope with brush and bordering quakies. Walk this lot to capture eastern view and moutain tops. Ask about Gravel driveway and water to freezless spighot.

Included Features on lot:

  • Quakies, Brush and Sage open space 
  • Mountain top views
  • 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

In Contract

D-13

$89,205

9.39 Acres

Views overlooking tops of Soldiers Summits Quakies and Pines to easter mountains in the distant setting. Lot is open with few Quakie on top with slight slope on upper acreage to steeper slope eastern to bottom of acerage full of Quaking Aspens. Enjoy unobstructive easter prestine view off back of your lot. 

 

Included Features on lot:

  • Open Space, Quakies and Pines
  • 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

 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. 

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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