Ghost Town: Cisco, Utah

This site contains a collection of memorabilia, relevant & irrelevant information about the town of Cisco, Utah. Cisco is located approximately 6 miles south of I-70 in eastern Utah on Old Route 6, in the vicinity of Arches & Canyonlands National Parks.

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Saturday, May 28, 2005

Johnny Cash Wrote a song about Cisco-See Sidebar link for Dewey Gas Station

Johnny Cash pulled up. Mr. Cash and Mr. Harris had a little chat and then he filled up Cash’s car with $7 worth of gas. And then Cash wrote a song about it:
Cisco Clifton’s Filling Station (on Essential Johnny Cash 1955-83)Cisco Clifton had a filling station about a mile and a half from town. Most cars passed unless they were out of gas so Cisco was always around.
Regular gas was all that he sold except for tobacco, matches, and oil. Other than that he fixed lots of flats keeping Cisco’s rough hands soiled.
He’d wipe the glass and check the air. And a hundred times a day he’d patiently give directions on how to get to the state highway.
Usually he’d give them water or a tire or two some air and once a big black Cadillac spent $7 there.
He’d give anybody anything they’d ask And lend anything he had. His tools or tires, bumper jacks or wires the good ones or the bad.
In winter time there was a deep coal stove and a table for the checker game. And every morning at sun up the same checker players came.
So Cisco Clifton’s filling station was always in the red. Personal loans were personally gone, but never a word was said.
One morning at 8 the checker players heard a big bulldozer roar like a freight. And Cisco said “I hope my kids stay fed when they build that interstate.”
He’d managed to pay for the property where his little filling station sat. And friends still came for the checker game so Cisco settled for that.
He wouldn’t say so, but Cisco knew the interstate was too much to fight. But to keep his will and pay his bills, he did odd jobs at night.
He still opened up at a sunrise and the checker game went on. The cars flew past on high-test gas, and the neighbors had sold out and gone.
If a car ever did go by, he was lost. And if they stopped they were treated the same.
So at Cisco Clifton’s filling station, there’s a howdy and a checker game.

This Was Johnny Cash's TV Show Song & Guest List Up For September 27, 1969
ABC Television

I Walk The Line
Pretty Woman ( Duet With Roy Orbison )
Come Along And Ride This Train
This Land Is Your Land
That's What I Like About The South ( Duet With Phil Harris )
Folsom Prison Blues
Cisco Clifton's filling Station
you Are All I Need ( Flesh And Blood )
Jackson ( Duet With June Carter )
Battle Hymn Of The Republic ( With Carter Family & Statler Brothers
Taped At The Ryman Auditorium, Nashville Tenn.


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