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.

Location: Galloway, Ohio, United States

Born in Chicago, 1959. Moved to Columbus, Ohio 1973. Married in 1979. Favorite Pizza! Home Run Inn -Chicago. There is none better.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Story From a Relative of a Former Resident

No luck in using This restroom that day~Cisco 1999~

Cisco Utah is located off of Interstate 70 on the old Highway 6 and 50, about 30 miles from the Colorado/Utah Border.
Cisco started as a watering stop for the railroad's steam engines in the 1880s. As work crews,and later travelers, came through, stores,hotels and restaurants sprang up to accomodate them.
My Father drove Truck and my Mother worked in one of the restaurants part time. They lived here in 1933.

Pictured Left, Old Restaurant and Gas Station
Pictured Right, Old School House~Cisco 1999

Nearby cattle ranchers, and sheep herders in thr Bookcliffs north of town began using Cisco as a livestock and provisioning center. Around the turn of the century,over 100,000 sheep were sheared here before being shipped to market. Then oil and natural gas were discovered. For awhile Cisco was the largest producer in Utah. People began traveling more and Cisco continued to grow. Then the bottom fell out. A declining economy crashed when I-70 came through and by-passed Cisco altogether. There are still a hand full of residents, but with no electricty or fresh water, it's hard to imagine! Some say at night, you can hear sounds that shouldn't be.We were not there during the night, but plan to return to do some fishing at the boat ramp~that still exsists!

Not the Hilton~Cisco 1999

A photo of my parents Home~Cisco 1999

FOOTNOTE* The remaining Residents aren't all that keen about "lookie-loo's". So ask if you want to look around.

Overlook of the Town Today~Cisco 1999


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