Mohrland is worth a visit!
|The Mine Portal and the Tram|
Well I was happy to help, because that is my job--and I LOVE my job. I did some research and found some records that had a similar name, with a slight change of spelling. I began to collect photographs of Mohrland. I went to the Western Railroad and Museum in Helper which has a wonderful collection of photographs, and had a few copied and printed. I forwarded those photos to the Jones brothers. Our communication dwindled for a time, and then I got another phone call saying that one of them was planning a trip to Utah--just to see Mohrland, and he hoped to stop by the Archives and meet me.
|l- r The Mine Office, The Store, and The Butcher Shop|
Our guides were fabulous. They showed us the foundations where Silk Stocking Row used to be; where Main Street was; explained what the standing walls of buildings were used for. We hiked through the sage brush that has been diligent in its effort to reclaim this ghost town and found what is left of the Mohrland School. We saw Gobbler's Knob--the main housing district; other locations were pointed out where different nationalities lived. They had names that are no longer politically correct to say or write.
Vernell and Ed explained where the Tipple was located; where the Tram Tracks were located that took the coal from the mine to the tipple. We saw the Fan House, the Bathhouse, the Machine Shop, which is the best of the ruins. It all came to life for us as we wandered around the area "trolling for ticks" as
my husband says when we are moving through sagebrush. The ticks left us alone that day, but the ghosts of the place were seen and heard in our imagination as we listened for the laughter of the children walking down the hillside of steps from a day of school, the splashing of the fishpond behind the hotel, the dancing and music at the Amusement Hall, the clanking and rumbling of mine equipment as it goes in and out of the mine and the tram as it rolls along the tracks that are still there. We found that the little town of Mohrland, seemingly quite dead, still lives on through the memories and knowledge of the people who treasure the past and want to help the rest of us understand it.
|Mohrland Main Street. Amusement Hall on the left of the photo.|
Here is the link to Emery County Archives photos.
Be sure and look at the Western Railroad and Mining Museum photos as well.