Main Street, Eureka, Utah
Eureka shows up on some lists of ghost towns, and driving down main street may convince you it deserves to be there, but there is still a nice-sized population here. You can also get a snack or tank of gas in town if needed, so I am not sure the label fits. This view of the main street in Eureka shows some empty businesses, including one where there is no longer a roof.
Vacant building space in Eureka
While there is a certain emptiness to this town, there are some businesses that have managed to hang on. The old buildings have character, and there are nicely kept homes, churches, and schools. Eureka was once a thriving mining town, but since the mines have closed, the town has shrunk considerably. The residents we encountered were quite friendly, and really have an attachment to their home town.
Advertisements on a building
Although we visited during a time of day where the lighting was challenging, it was still a fun place to photograph.
Architectural detail of building in Eureka
Rear view of building. Small attachment on the left is the old jail.
There are, of course, remnants of mining visible around town. This particular mine shaft was on the south end of town.
Mining remnants in Eureka
The real treasure we found in town, however, was the Tintic Mining Museum. It was so fun, it definitely deserves its own post, so stay tuned!
Tintic Mining Museum
Eureka is also home to the annual Tintic Silver Festival. This year it runs from September 17, 2011 through September 21st.