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Know anything about Coal City? DWR would like to hear from you

The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources would like a little help from history buffs and family history recorders who know interesting accounts and/or who have old photographs of the Great Western Coal Mines Company's (GWCMC) town called Coal City.

The little mining town north of Price on Consumer's Road was also known at different times in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as Oak Springs Bench, Cedar Mesa Ranch, Dempseyville and Dempsey City.

The town had as many as 100 residents during the 1920s to the 1930s, but became a ghost town by 1940. Mainly a tent city, the little burg did have some permanent structures including the hewn-stone GWCMC Office building which doubled as a store, the cement block and stone schoolhouse, and a few wood frame dwellings.

The DWR is going to place some interpretive panels around the site of the ghost town because it lays within the borders of one of the Division's habitat management areas-which is also a popular deer hunting site. The informational displays will give people a peep into the significance and interesting history of this small settlement.

If you have information or photos you would like to share with the DWR for the site's educational signage, please contact DWR Archaeologist Monson Shaver at 801-538-4864 or by July 1, 2013.

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